'His administration has spent its first 100 days throwing up roadblocks'

US House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Minority Member Doc Hastings (R-Wash.), on US President Barack H. Obama's energy actions in his administration's first 100 days.

US House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Minority Member Doc Hastings (R-Wash.), on US President Barack H. Obama's energy actions in the first 100 days of his administration:

"One thing that hasn't changed over the past three months is the president's ongoing practice of using empty rhetoric and straw-man arguments. Americans only had to hear the president's recent Earth Day speech to realize how he continues to use these tactics.

"During his remarks, President Obama pledged that 'as we transition to renewable energy, we can and should increase our domestic production of oil and natural gas. We're not going to transform our economy overnight. We still need more oil, we still need more gas.'

"While the president certainly makes it sound like his administration is acting to make us less dependent on foreign oil, the reality is far different. His administration has spent its first 100 days in office throwing up roadblocks for the production of American-made energy.

"First, the Interior Department withdrew areas offered for 77 oil and gas leases in Utah that could cost American taxpayers millions in lost lease bids, production royalties and the energy needed to offset rising imports or oil and gas.

"Second, the department delayed for six months the development of the new five-year leasing program for offshore drilling.

"Third, the department delayed the new round of oil shale research, demonstration, and development leases that would help advance American technology and create high-tech jobs in Colorado, Wyoming, and Utah.

"And finally, the administration has still not expressed its opposition to a recent DC-based court decision that canceled the current offshore drilling plan because of a lawsuit filed by Democrat allies.

"Do these actions sound like they come from an Administration that wants to 'increase our domestic production of oil and natural gas?'"

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