Doc Hastings: Obama Stance Hurts American Energy

posted at 2:41 pm on May 4, 2011 by Jazz Shaw

Congressman Doc Hastings (R-WA) has made an effort to get us back on track with the issues of domestic importance which matter most this week with a new op-ed at Roll Call. In it, he addresses what, as most of you know, I consider the key issue facing the nation today which ties in to every other domestic and foreign policy concern: energy policy. He doesn’t pull any punches, either.

With gasoline prices quickly surging to $4 per gallon and beyond, pinching the pockets of families and business across the country, it’s no surprise that gasoline has become a regular talking point in President Barack Obama’s stump speech. Yet instead of offering real solutions, the president is telling the American people that there’s “not much we can do” about high prices. He’s waving the white flag of defeat — essentially telling Americans to get used to paying more than $4 for gasoline.

It’s not just about what President Obama can do tomorrow to address higher prices, it’s about what he’s done over the past two years to get us to this point. The president’s attempt to deflect criticism and his ‘don’t blame me’ attitude expose how out-of-touch he is with reality and the everyday needs of American families. President Obama has an energy plan — it’s just not one to increase American energy production. Instead, President Obama’s plan is to block, delay and tax American energy.

Regular readers don’t need me to run down the entire list of offenses we’ve seen in this area over the last two years, but Congressman Hastings sums them up quite nicely. We’re talking about a minimum of 12,000 jobs directly lost because of the drilling permitoreum and who knows how many related support industry jobs lost. We’re talking about stifling energy production in our own country across all sectors, even as those doing the stifling bemoan the high cost of energy. We’re talking about executive branch efforts to skirt the legislative process through departmental policy initiatives, regulations and fees which are only thinly veiled energy taxes.

Yes, I’m very happy that bin Laden is dead. Well done. Now it’s time to get back to work shoring up the ship at home, which is listing badly and in danger of going down. Our thanks to Congressman Hastings for penning this much needed analysis.


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I’m pretty sure that was the plan.

Vashta.Nerada on May 4, 2011 at 2:48 PM

Barry and lil’ Stevie Chu are perfectly happy where gas prices are right now.

Just look for them to spin a pack of lies about WHO is responsible.

GarandFan on May 4, 2011 at 2:50 PM

Yes, I’m very happy that bin Laden is dead. Well done. Now it’s time to get back to work shoring up the ship at home

Here! Here! The prosperity of our posterity is planly in peril.

WashJeff on May 4, 2011 at 2:54 PM

You can’t put Osama bin Laden’s corpse in your gas tank.

fossten on May 4, 2011 at 2:54 PM

Obama promised that he would make the cost of energy skyrocket. One campaign promise he has kept.

Vince on May 4, 2011 at 2:57 PM

He hates his country, and wants it punished. Everyone of us must pay.

So what was it, that made Obama hate us so much? I’m guessing he was the last one on the playground to get picked to play kick ball, or dodge ball or whatever, and he’s never gotten over it.

If he kicks like he throws, I could see why he’d be picked last. LOL

capejasmine on May 4, 2011 at 2:58 PM

And don’t forget the efforts of Ken “Save The (Your Endangered Species Name Here)!” Salazar, whispering B.S. lies into Obama’s ear on the evils of building more oil wells and offshore oil rigs!

pilamaye on May 4, 2011 at 3:00 PM

more than anything else it’s the Obama/Democrat’s economic policies that are the cause of the rise in gasoline prices. As the world has lost faith in our economy the value of the dollar has plummeted. Those who are selling oil want the same return as they’ve been getting, with the dollar eroding they require more of them to maintain that desired level of return. Chasing the boogie man saying he wants to eliminate fraud is itself a fraudulent cover up for his disastrous economics policies.

oldernwiser on May 4, 2011 at 3:19 PM

Cheap energy + individual freedom = a prosperous economy

Yes, it’s that simple.

With enough energy you can do anything, as long as you have the freedom to use that energy.

ZenDraken on May 4, 2011 at 3:20 PM

Yes, I’m very happy that bin Laden is dead. Well done. Now it’s time to get back to work shoring up the ship at home, which is listing badly and in danger of going down.

Can’t a man have a few days to get his photo ops for upcoming campaign?

Cindy Munford on May 4, 2011 at 3:35 PM

$95 to fill my SUV yesterday. Drill here, Drill now, all of the above is a great energy policy.

Run Sarah Run!!!!!!!!!

karenhasfreedom on May 4, 2011 at 3:49 PM

Let’s also talk about how the government in general has done its very best to destroy the small American businessman, from sea to shining sea.

Badger40 on May 4, 2011 at 3:56 PM

Hey Jazz – when you copied and pasted this you left out the sentence that started “As Palin has been saying all along about the energy issue…”
I am sure you didn’t leave it out on purpose….

callingallcomets on May 4, 2011 at 3:57 PM

Listen to the head of Anheuser Busch about Brazil’s energy plan and how they succeeded. If our pols wanted to do it, too, they could have. But they are afraid of the enviro wackos nd the NYT.

Why Brazil is Succeeding

PattyJ on May 4, 2011 at 3:59 PM

Get the government out of the energy business. We do not need a government energy plan. We do not need a Department of Energy. Free people operating in a free market will give us abundant energy at the lowest cost and eventually, when that time comes, the most efficient replacement for oil. Central planning is not what made America great, it has never worked and it can destroy us like it did the Soviet Union.

cartooner on May 4, 2011 at 4:01 PM

I’m pretty sure that was the plan.

Vashta.Nerada on May 4, 2011 at 2:48 PM

Yeah, the O doesn’t seem too perturbed by all this, does he now?

Dr. ZhivBlago on May 4, 2011 at 5:20 PM

Doc Hastings: Obama Stance Hurts American Energy

Simplify.

Slowburn on May 4, 2011 at 5:35 PM

We’re talking about a minimum of 12,000 jobs directly lost because of the drilling permitoreum and who knows how many related support industry jobs lost.

Don’t forget those who lost their jobs because the business had to cut payroll to cover energy costs.

Random Numbers (Brian Epps) on May 4, 2011 at 7:52 PM

OBL was a piker!!!

BHO has done far more damage to America!!!

landlines on May 5, 2011 at 12:54 PM