FRANKFORT, KY (3/7/12) - U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield, (KY-01), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power, released the following response to President Obama’s statements on energy and gas prices in a press conference today.
“The average price of a gallon of gasoline is $3.70. One year ago is was $3.49. When President Obama took office in 2009, the price of gas was roughly $1.80 per gallon. In three years under President Obama, we have seen average gas prices rise almost $2.00 per gallon. This is unacceptable and that is why the Energy and Power Subcommittee will be holding a hearing on gas prices tomorrow.
“President Obama continues to say that he supports an “all-of-the-above” national energy strategy. Unfortunately, his actions and the actions of his administration have not followed in line with this statement.
“When the President’s own Energy Secretary says he would like to see our gas prices reach the level of Europe’s gas prices, this is a problem. I believe every person in America filling their cars up with gas, would really rather see from the President ways to lower gas prices, not reach the levels in Europe. I do not believe raising gas prices to extreme levels to encourage conservation is an “all of the above” energy strategy.
“I would say to the president that the time to act is now and that his actions do not match his words. If we want to see reduced gas prices, economic growth, job growth and stronger national security, President Obama must support a true “all-of-the-above” energy strategy, which means permitting the Keystone XL pipeline and advancing domestic oil production in Alaska and off our coasts.”
Information provided by Corry Schiermeyer
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