Congressman Bob Goodlatte issued the following statement in response to President Obama's remarks on new regulations and restrictions on American energy this afternoon:
"President Obama's remarks today were nothing less than a declaration of war on Virginia's energy industry. Our Commonwealth has thousands of jobs reliant on the coal industry, and the new regulations, red tape, and administrative hurdles in the president's remarks today will put even more hard-working Virginians on the unemployment rolls and hurt our economy. Instead of standing up for energy exploration off Virginia's coast, policies supported by Virginians of both political parties, he has failed to even allow for a lease sale to take place during his time in office. Furthermore, the Administration's track record on energy issues speaks for itself: failing to approve the Keystone XL pipeline permit after nearly five years; waging a war on coal that has shuttered coal mines and coal fired power plants; promoting a national energy tax; and, investing in failed energy companies, like Solyndra.
"More of the same policies that slow job creation, create burdensome regulations, and hike energy prices are not in the best interest of the American people or Virginia workers. This week, the House will debate real solutions to help promote job creation, keep energy costs affordable, and lead the United States towards energy independence. I urge the Administration to join the House in supporting these commonsense policies and allowing the U.S. to tap into our domestic energy resources."