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Vitter Says Obama's Energy Speech full of Misinformation


Location: Washington, DC

U.S. Sen. David Vitter today made the following statement after President Obama's energy speech today at Prince George's Community College in Largo, Md.

"There was plenty of misleading information in President Obama's speech today, but I'm especially concerned with the inaccuracies regarding domestic energy production on our federal resources and this claim that we only have two percent of the world's oil reserves," Vitter said. "First of all, energy production on federal lands is incredibly limited, and his not distinguishing between a "resource" and a "reserve" is what is most frustrating -- in fact we can't even touch more than 90 percent of federal lands -- all those resources off limits. So there is no way to account for how many billions of barrels we could produce if we had access to places that engineers are confident would be oil rich areas."

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