Boehner: Gulf Coast Disaster Underscores Need For "All-of-the-Above" Energy Strategy
Congressman John Boehner (R-OH) today released the following statement on the ongoing disaster caused by an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico:
"The Obama Administration is right to insist on a full investigation of the events leading up to this tragic, deadly, unacceptable accident and the oil spill that resulted. We must stop the leaking oil, and help the Gulf recover, but we also need to know how it happened, who is responsible, and how we can prevent future incidents. The White House must ensure that BP bears the entire financial burden to clean up this disaster. Not a dime of taxpayer money should be used to clean up their mess. Also, House Oversight Ranking Member Darrell Issa is asking important questions related to the Administration's response to this incident and he should get prompt and complete answers.
"At the same time, this tragedy should remind us that America needs a real, comprehensive energy plan, like Republicans' "all-of-the-above' strategy, which includes more of everything: more clean and renewable sources of energy such as nuclear power, wind, and solar energy, more alternative fuels, more conservation, and more environmentally-responsible development of America's energy resources. Our American Energy Act would use the funds generated by expanded American energy production to speed up the development of the next generation of clean-energy alternatives. It would also lower fuel costs, reduce our dependence on foreign oil, and -- at a time when Americans are asking, where are the jobs? -- it would create more than a million new American jobs.
"Now is not the time for new government-mandated limits on the production of American-made energy, as such limits will only make us more dependent on foreign oil, slow the development of clean-energy alternatives, increase fuel costs, and destroy American jobs. It's time to get to the bottom of this tragedy, work to ensure it never happens again, and move forward in a responsible manner on an "all-of-the-above' strategy to lower energy costs, expand the use of clean-energy alternatives, and create American jobs."