Doc Hastings

In case you haven’t noticed, today marks President Obama’s 100th day in office. 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 5-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?”

The President also went on to say that “if we've got some (oil and natural gas) here in the United States that we can use, we should find it and do so in an environmentally sustainable way.”

Wait a minute - if we’ve got oil and gas in the United States? The question isn’t if we have oil and gas – the question is if the Federal Government will unlock it and allow us to access our domestic energy sources.

Doc Hastings

Congressman Doc Hastings has represented Washington's 4th Congressional district since winning election in 1994.