President Owes Explanation for Lobbying Against Keystone Jobs
Washington (Mar 8) At his weekly press briefing today, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said President Obama owes the American people an explanation for “personally lobbying” against the Keystone XL pipeline, and the 20,000 new American jobs it would create, and lobbying for sending North American energy to China. Following are video and text of Speaker Boehner’s remarks:
ON REPORTS THAT THE PRESIDENT IS “PERSONALLY LOBBYING” AGAINST THE KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE:
“Unfortunately, this morning we learned some news overnight that indicates that the White House is pursuing a much more disappointing approach when it comes to energy. According to reports, the President of the United States is ‘personally lobbying’ senators to oppose a Keystone XL pipeline amendment in the United States Senate today.
“This revelation comes days after the White House denied that the president is working to stop the Keystone pipeline from being built, and attempting to blame others for the delay. Now it also comes a week after the president signaled to me and to Sen. McConnell that he might be willing to work with us on some bipartisan steps forward on energy legislation that the American people support.
“Now if we’re going to have bipartisan action on energy, the Keystone pipeline is an obvious place to start. The American people support the construction of this pipeline, and they want the project to move forward.”
ON PRESIDENT OBAMA OWING AMERICANS AN EXPLANATION FOR LOBBYING AGAINST THOUSANDS OF NEW AMERICAN ENERGY JOBS:
“And I think the White House owes the American people an explanation. The president said this week that he wants to see lower prices at the pump – at least in an election year. But his own policies are making matters worse and driving up the cost of energy.
“But by ‘personally lobbying’ against the Keystone pipeline, it means the President of the United States is lobbying for sending North American energy to China, and lobbying against American jobs. So the president told the nation he supports an ‘all-of-the-above’ energy strategy that Republicans have long supported. But his actions don’t match his words.
“The Energy Department now predicts families will pay nearly $4 a gallon for gas this summer. Matter of fact, in most parts of the country they’re already paying $4, likely to be much higher. This is the last thing our economy needs, it’s the last thing the American people need are higher energy prices.”
ON THE NEED FOR THE PRESIDENT TO FOLLOW THROUGH WITH “ALL-OF-THE-ABOVE” ENERGY STRATEGY BY CALLING FOR PASSAGE OF ENERGY & JOBS BILLS BLOCKED BY SENATE DEMOCRATS:
“The House has passed a series of bipartisan energy bills that address high gas prices and help create new private-sector jobs in America. And all they need is a vote in the United States Senate, and we can pass these to the president then he can show the American people that he’s for an ‘all-of-the-above’ energy strategy. It’s time for the president to make sure that his words and his actions come together as one.”
Posted by Michael Ricci on March 08, 2012
Amid skyrocketing gas prices, President Obama is “personally lobbying” Senate Democrats to reject the Keystone XL pipeline, which would create 20,000 American jobs and improve the nation’s energy security:
“President Barack Obama is intervening in a Senate fight over the Keystone XL oil pipeline and personally lobbying Democrats to reject an amendment calling for its construction, according to several sources familiar with the talks. The White House lobbying effort, including phone calls from the president to Democrats, signals that the vote could be close when it heads to the floor Thursday. The president is trying to defeat an amendment that would give election-year fodder to his Republican critics who have accused him of blocking a job-creating energy project at a time of high gas prices.” (POLITICO, 3/7/12)
This revelation contradicts President Obama’s public support for Republicans’ ‘all-of-the-above’ energy strategy. As part of that shift, the president indicated last week in a meeting with Republican leaders that there was room for bipartisan common ground on an ‘all-of-the-above’ approach. Just yesterday, he said “we’ll do whatever we can to speed up construction” of the pipeline.
Privately, however, it appears the president remains firmly committed to killing the Keystone pipeline, despite the fact that it enjoys strong support from the American people.
What’s worse, by lobbying against American jobs, President Obama is pushing North American energy closer to China. Just yesterday, Alberta’s premier stressed that her province plans “to pursue exports to Asia rather than rely on the uncertainty in the U.S. market.” “We certainly want the United States to be our natural customers. But we are an exporting nation,” she said.
The Senate votes on the Keystone pipeline later today.
Office of Speaker of the House John Boehner