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Saturday
Mar172012

GOP Address: Rep. Gardner Talks Energy and Gas Prices

Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call(WASHINGTON) -- Rep. Cory Gardner (Colo.), a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee says in this week's Republican Address that President Obama has failed to deal with rising gas prices and that Americans are fed up.  But, he says, the president can still correct the problem by encouraging the Democratic-run Senate to act on energy bills already passed in the House.

Gardner criticizes Obama's approach to the soaring gas costs, saying, "The most forceful thing the president has done about the high gas prices is try to explain that he's against them.  Americans have the right to expect more from their leaders."

While Rep. Gardner says that, in fairness, the President has agreed in the past that he'd be willing to work with Republicans on an 'all-of-the-above' energy strategy, he adds that the Obama administration has "consistently slowed down or shut down domestic energy production."  An all-of-the-above approach, Gardner says, would mean developing "our own resources -- both traditional and renewable" -- to lower costs and improve energy security.

As of now, Congressman Gardner says, there are at least seven bipartisan, House-passed energy bills awaiting a vote in the Senate.

"Unfortunately, the president has yet to follow through and urge the Senate to act.  He's just carried on with more of the same," Gardner says.  

Instead, the president has pushed to prevent construction on the Keystone Pipeline, and "called for raising energy taxes, which the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service says would actually lead to higher prices," the congressman adds.

"The longer we let politicians like President Obama continue to block responsible American energy production, the longer our nation will continue to suffer with high gas prices and limited energy security," Gardner warns.

"Let's seize this moment, expand freedom instead of government, and secure our energy future once and for all," he says.

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