Today, Oklahoma Republican John Sullivan, Vice Chairman of the Energy and Power Subcommittee, offered the following response to President Obama's speech in Cushing, OK. Despite personally lobbying against the Keystone XL pipeline just last week, the President tried to claim credit for speeding up the southern portion of the pipeline, which does not require Presidential approval.
"This is a case of the President trying to claim credit, where credit isn't due -- he not only rejected the Keystone pipeline, but he personally lobbied to stop it just last week. The American people, suffering under the weight of high gas prices, are sick and tired of political games and photo ops, like what the President is doing in Cushing today. Until President Obama stops saying NO to the oil and gas resources in our own backyard, American taxpayers will continue to send $1 billion per day overseas for OPEC oil and we continue having to deal with unpredictable price hikes at the pump. Approving the full Keystone XL pipeline will open the doors to new oil markets in Canada, North Dakota and Montana and allow us to use our own oil and gas to protect our energy security and create private sector American jobs."