U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper (R-Miss.) issued the following statement this evening in response to the president's State of the Union remarks regarding energy policy:
"A true all-of-the-above energy approach must balance investments in renewable technologies with increases in domestic oil and natural gas production. By doing so, America can decrease its reliance on Middle Eastern oil, stabilize fuel prices and build a steady supply of American energy. Even more, our country can begin rebuilding our economy by building the Keystone XL pipeline, a shovel-ready project that the president failed to mention in his speech. The president has the authority to approve this project, and I urge him to do so now."