All of the above energy. The GOP response

posted at 9:15 am on March 3, 2012 by Jazz Shaw

This weekend, the chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, Doc Hastings (R-WA) provided the weekly Republican address to the nation. The topic, lest we forget about one of the most pressing issues of the day, is the real “all of the above” energy policy America needs. (Significantly different from what Barack Obama is delivering thus far.) Below is the video and transcript of the remarks. Not only should you listen, but we should make sure that both the President and the rest of Congress tunes in.

“Hi, I’m Congressman Doc Hastings from the state of Washington. I chair the House Natural Resources Committee, which handles several issues relating to job creation, including American energy production.

“As you’ve painfully noticed, gas prices are rising quickly, already topping four dollars a gallon in some areas. On average, prices at the pump are more than double what they were when President Obama took office.

“Americans are right to worry that no relief is in sight. The president, who campaigned on a promise to address rising gas prices, now talks as if they’re largely beyond his control. This week, when the president’s Energy Secretary was asked whether the administration’s goal is to lower gas prices, the secretary’s answer was ‘no.’ Incredibly, one Democrat leader in the Senate actually suggested we push Saudi Arabia to produce more oil, thereby increasing our dependence on the Middle East.

“Like you, Republicans take this issue seriously, because high gas prices hurt us all, and not just at the pump. Local governments are forced to make cutbacks to police patrols and other essential services. Schools run fewer buses. The cost of groceries go up. The cost of running a business goes up, and that means less to invest in hiring new workers. Rising gas prices are a huge drain on our economy, plain and simple.

“As part of our Plan for America’s Job Creators, Republicans continue to pursue an ‘all-of-the-above’ approach that utilizes the natural resources we have right here at home. When we responsibly develop these resources, we don’t just address rising energy costs – we also help create good-paying jobs and improve our energy security, right now and over the long term. This common-sense approach enjoys bipartisan support, and has been endorsed by the president’s own jobs council.

“Though the president now claims to support ‘all-of-the-above,’ he has consistently blocked American energy production, most recently by rejecting the Keystone XL pipeline. In addition to that, he has restricted drilling in offshore areas while encouraging other countries, including Brazil, to expand their own exploration. And while the president says oil production alone can’t solve our problems, his administration has proposed costly regulations that would hurt the supply of other domestic sources. Instead of placing his bet on American-made energy and the workers who produce it, President Obama has wasted taxpayer dollars on Solyndra and other unproven technologies.

“Actions speak louder than words. Republicans have followed through on our ‘all-of-the-above’ approach and passed through the House bipartisan reforms that break down government barriers to our natural resources.

“While the president has closed off new areas for offshore drilling, the House has passed legislation that would open the most promising areas offshore to exploration and production.

“While the President has delayed leases and withdrawn over a million acres in the Rocky Mountains to oil shale development, the House has passed legislation to set clear rules and require additional leases to be issued.

“While the president opposes energy production in ANWR, the House has passed legislation to make available three percent of the land in this Arctic coastal plain, which is known to be abundant in natural resources.

“The House has also voted to remove regulatory barriers to the development of renewable energy sources and require approval of the Keystone pipeline, a project that even President Clinton says we should embrace.

“Again, this approach has been endorsed by the president’s own jobs council.

“A meeting at the White House this week provided a glimmer of new hope that the President and the Democratic-controlled Senate may finally act on some bipartisan energy bills that have been passed by the Republican-led House.

“That’s welcome news, because Washington D.C. needs to have a sense of urgency about this. The reality is, prices will only climb higher if we don’t take action now to improve our energy security and develop our own natural resources.

“Republicans are ready to continue moving forward with an ‘all-of-the-above’ energy plan, and we hope the president will live up to his rhetoric. Hardworking taxpayers can’t wait to have the pain at the pump addressed.

“Thank you for listening, and God bless America.”

You don’t need much more from me, as Hastings lays it all out quite well. The real question is if we can get the word out widely enough to make a difference and convince the MSM to begin covering this rather than fixating on how much Mitt likes the height of the trees in Wisconsin.


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“Though the president now claims to support ‘all-of-the-above,’ he has consistently blocked American energy production, most recently by rejecting the Keystone XL pipeline.

It all depends on what the meaning of “above” is.

dirtseller on March 3, 2012 at 9:17 AM

Drilling for oil will do nothing to alleviate rising oil prices. It just takes too long to get it out of the ground.

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tom daschle concerned on March 3, 2012 at 9:20 AM

All of the above is being rejected by my cars gas tank and my homes furnace.

KOOLAID2 on March 3, 2012 at 9:24 AM


Drilling for oil will do nothing to alleviate rising oil prices. It just takes too long to get it out of the ground.

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You see this in the new Obama math (which we will all be mandated to learn using tutors supplied through Obamacare).

It goes like this: “30 years to develop algae fuel < 10 years to extract fossil fuel"

Live it, love it, learn it.

dirtseller on March 3, 2012 at 9:25 AM

If the GOP wins all three houses for 2013, will said GOP open everything up for drilling, etc?

Somehow, I seriously doubt it.

OldEnglish on March 3, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Very well said !

pambi on March 3, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Anyone who really thinks that wind, solar or bio-fuels will every amount to more than 7% of the nations energy is in serious need of what we out here in California call an Arrescuing. An arrescuing is where the police forcibly enter a drug addicts house, arrest them and forcibly enter them into a rehab program.

SWalker on March 3, 2012 at 9:25 AM

may finally act on some bipartisan energy bills

Bipartisan, in other words, weak and ineffective.

lowandslow on March 3, 2012 at 9:27 AM

If the GOP wins all three houses for 2013, will said GOP open everything up for drilling, etc?

Somehow, I seriously doubt it.

OldEnglish on March 3, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Have you been asleep the past decade? How many times have the Republicans tried to start drilling in ANWAR and the dems have stopped them?

Get the your buddies on the left out of the way and the oil will flow again.

dirtseller on March 3, 2012 at 9:28 AM

The real question is if we can get the word out widely enough to make a difference and convince the MSM to begin covering this rather than fixating on how much Mitt likes the height of the trees in Wisconsin.

The MSM won’t touch this. Just like they haven’t touched all the House bills designed to help job growth and spur the economy that are sitting in the Senate collecting dust.

Soviet style information censorship is spread far and wide. In my home town, which has a large military and Republican population the newspaper does it’s best to omit anything that may harm the leftist cause.

darwin on March 3, 2012 at 9:29 AM

Drilling for oil will do nothing to alleviate rising oil prices. It just takes too long to get it out of the ground.

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tom daschle concerned on March 3, 2012 at 9:20 AM

We shouldn’t eat either! It takes to long to process and come out the other end.
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KOOLAID2 on March 3, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Drilling for oil will do nothing to alleviate rising oil prices. It just takes too long to get it out of the ground.

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tom daschle concerned on March 3, 2012 at 9:20 AM

That’s been the Democrats’ excuse for 30 years now. Let’s stop making excuses and start taking action and maybe we won’t have to bend over for the oil producing countries that hate the US. Drill for oil, frack for natural gas, build nuclear power plants, geothermal, wind (when it blows), solar (during uncloudy days). Why not do it all if it’s not fiscally irresponsible?

All of the above is just a talking point with no real substance for Democrats. As long as the energy costs more to produce than it generates, it’s part of the “all of the above” strategy. If it helps the economy of the US, then it’s not even considered.

Zooid on March 3, 2012 at 9:37 AM

dirtseller on March 3, 2012 at 9:28 AM

First: I’m of the hard Right.

Second: having the opportunity to actually put it in place, is a lot different than playing politics.

OldEnglish on March 3, 2012 at 9:37 AM

Drilling for oil will do nothing to alleviate rising oil prices. It just takes too long to get it out of the ground.

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tom daschle concerned on March 3, 2012 at 9:20 AM

Which is why O can claim there is more production going on under HIS admin.
The MSM has NEVER reported that truth have they ?? (other than on the right).
Besides, due to much better safety and techniques available now, it takes much less time.
Sigh.
Bizarro world.

pambi on March 3, 2012 at 9:41 AM

First: I’m of the hard Right.

Second: having the opportunity to actually put it in place, is a lot different than playing politics.

OldEnglish on March 3, 2012 at 9:37 AM

So that whole ANWAR thing was just a bluff?

dirtseller on March 3, 2012 at 9:42 AM

Drilling for oil will do nothing to alleviate rising oil prices. It just takes too long to get it out of the ground.

And that’s why when Bush announced an end to the Moratoriums on Offshore Drilling in 2008, the next morning Worldwide Oil Prices went into FreeFall taking Gas at the Pump from $4.02 a gallon in June to $1.78 a gallon on election day.

jaydee_007 on March 3, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Sorry that I can’t properly attribute this, but read it the other day:

The #1 best time to plant a tree = 20 years ago.
The #2 best time to plant a tree = today !!

pambi on March 3, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Which is why O can claim there is more production going on under HIS admin.

pambi on March 3, 2012 at 9:41 AM

Well, on one hand you have Obama claiming he’s increased oil production, and on the other hand you have Energy Secretary Chu saying the goal is to decrease oil use and raise gas prices to European levels.

One of them is a liar.

darwin on March 3, 2012 at 9:45 AM

So that whole ANWAR thing was just a bluff?

dirtseller on March 3, 2012 at 9:42 AM

No, of course not! What I am saying is that the GOP may try to get someone else to act upon it, but when it comes to putting their money where their mouth is, it’s a different story.

Conservatives may do it, but the GOP will find all kinds of reasons for not following through.

OldEnglish on March 3, 2012 at 9:47 AM

Why is it that projecting benefits of economic proposals 10 years out is good but the benefits of drilling drilling for oil now is foolish because it will take 10 years to see any benefits?

tommy-t on March 3, 2012 at 9:48 AM

Get the your buddies on the left out of the way and the oil will flow again.

dirtseller on March 3, 2012 at 9:28 AM

Mmmmmmmmmmmmm!There is no ‘left’ on OldEnglish ..he has two right hands, two right feet and 2 right nuts!

KOOLAID2 on March 3, 2012 at 9:49 AM

Sorry that I can’t properly attribute this, but read it the other day:

The #1 best time to plant a tree = 20 years ago.
The #2 best time to plant a tree = today !!

pambi on March 3, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Very fitting. I like it.

Zooid on March 3, 2012 at 9:51 AM

KOOLAID2 on March 3, 2012 at 9:49 AM

Hah! And I dance that way, too. :)

OldEnglish on March 3, 2012 at 9:52 AM

First of all, algae to fuel is not new new, it’s been around for awhile, it’s just new new and now part of all the above for the Con artist in chief to tout it. He’s still got a few of our dollars left to squander. Don’t call his bluff.

Kissmygrits on March 3, 2012 at 9:52 AM

Second: having the opportunity to actually put it in place, is a lot different than playing politics.

OldEnglish on March 3, 2012 at 9:37 AM

This is the tragic truth. Moreover the situation is far more egregious than most people realize. Most America’s are aware of places like Anwar, places the US Government has put off limit’s for any exploration or production.

But they are completely unaware that for instance the Los Angeles/Long Beach Basin is one of the top 5 oil producing regions on earth, but that the State of California and the Federal government have put the entire off-shore of the West Coast off limit’s to exploration or production. Nobody knows how much oil is off the California coast because of this.

Most American’s are totally unaware that Colorado’s Green River Valley Formation hold 1.5 to 2 TRILLION barrels of Shale Oil and that it is Federal EPA regulations that prevent any significant exploitation of that oil.

So yes, you are absolutely correct, talk is cheap, but without reducing the draconian regulations and making those area’s where the oil is available for exploration and production, talk is not only cheap, it is utterly worthless.

SWalker on March 3, 2012 at 9:54 AM

IF oil production has increased during BO’s term, it probably has nothing to do with him. It has to do with things done by past administrations. You don’t get increased production that fast.

Voter from WA State on March 3, 2012 at 9:49 AM

Oil production did increase on state and private land. Areas Obama has no authority over. On federal lands and waters, where Obama does have authority … oil production decreased.

darwin on March 3, 2012 at 9:54 AM

“If this Administration is permitted to Deregulate the price of Domestic Crude Oil, Gasoline will be $3.50 a Gallon by Summer of 1985.”
Ted Kennedy regarding Reagan’s desire to Deregulate the Price of Domestic Oil.

What was a Gallon of Gas running for in 1985 again?
Oh yes, $0.98 a gallon.

The trouble with Liberal Pronouncements is that they are always given priority to publish and treated as unassailable FACTS by the MSM, and they are just as often WRONG!

jaydee_007 on March 3, 2012 at 9:55 AM

Doc Hastings is my Rep!! Whoop! Great to see him get some recognition. He is one of the hardest working guys in DC.

Voter from WA State on March 3, 2012 at 9:41 AM

I never heard of him…you are the only conservative I new of from Washingtpn State!
Thank you MSM!

KOOLAID2 on March 3, 2012 at 9:57 AM

‘knew of’…geeeez!

KOOLAID2 on March 3, 2012 at 9:58 AM

Get the your buddies on the left out of the way and the oil will flow again.

dirtseller on March 3, 2012 at 9:28 AM

New here?

BallisticBob on March 3, 2012 at 9:59 AM

What was a Gallon of Gas running for in 1985 again?
Oh yes, $0.98 a gallon.

jaydee_007 on March 3, 2012 at 9:55 AM

Maybe where you lived. I remember paying a little as $0.67 a gallon during the Reagan years. Ah- Good Times.

Tommy_G on March 3, 2012 at 9:59 AM

The trouble with Liberal Pronouncements is that they are always given priority to publish and treated as unassailable FACTS by the MSM, and they are just as often WRONG!

jaydee_007 on March 3, 2012 at 9:55 AM

In Bill Whittles’s latest Afterburner Bill tell’s everyone what his friend Andrew Breitbart used to tell him every time they got together.

Andrew would say, Democrat’s aren’t the enemy, Marxist’s aren’t the enemy, Socialist’s aren’t the enemy. It’s the Media who are the enemy. Andrew was 100 percent right.

SWalker on March 3, 2012 at 10:02 AM

First of all, algae to fuel is not new new, it’s been around for awhile, it’s just new new and now part of all the above for the Con artist in chief to tout it. He’s still got a few of our dollars left to squander. Don’t call his bluff.

Kissmygrits on March 3, 2012 at 9:52 AM

Surprised he hasn’t used the old ‘grease’ energy from all the restaurant fryers as an ‘all of the above. That’s been used for decades too.

KOOLAID2 on March 3, 2012 at 10:04 AM

The topic, lest we forget about one of the most pressing issues of the day, is the real “all of the above” energy policy America needs. – Jazz

When facts, logic, and hell, good old fashioned common sense no longer rules the day, what does? The shallowness and hypocrisy of the American Left continues to run rough-shod over the American people. It is beyond naíveté, it’s downright well, UN – American. If it takes $6.00 per gal at the pump, the American people as a whole might pay attention, but it will be too late by then. President ØbeyMe will have already had his dictatorial way.
Even Zee Fraunch are reliant upon nuclear energy ferchisake. What’s our excuse?
Repeal the 17th Amendment!

~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on March 3, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Barry and Lil’ Stevie Chu are quite happy with where gas prices are right now. One can only hope that they won’t change their minds as November approaches.

GarandFan on March 3, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Drilling for oil will do nothing to alleviate rising oil prices. It just takes too long to get it out of the ground.
It’s just not enough to counteract the fact that global demand for oil is growing steadily

tom daschle concerned on March 3, 2012 at 9:20 AM

ernesto on March 3, 2012 at 10:11 AM

ernesto on March 3, 2012 at 10:11 AM

So grow the drilling steadily. What’s hard about that?

OldEnglish on March 3, 2012 at 10:15 AM

First of all, algae to fuel is not new new, it’s been around for awhile, it’s just new new and now part of all the above for the Con artist in chief to tout it. He’s still got a few of our dollars left to squander. Don’t call his bluff.

Kissmygrits on March 3, 2012 at 9:52 AM

He has to find a rouse to channel money to his cronies who got him elected. Algae part of the trillion dollars in the stimulus bill that went to “alternative” energy – otherwise know as Democrat cronies. check-out the column on the left and see who got that money.

Apollo Alliance was also a major force behind Obamacare & the stimulus.

batterup on March 3, 2012 at 10:17 AM

ernesto on March 3, 2012 at 10:11 AM

That’s stupid. Let’s do nothing!!!!!!!

darwin on March 3, 2012 at 10:21 AM

How many are old enough to remember the line used against Richard Nixon early in his career: “Would you buy a used car from this man?”

After Obama’s ringing endorsement of the Volt just last week, the lousy sales and layoffs show the American Public has already answered that question about the President.

Drained Brain on March 3, 2012 at 10:21 AM

Ten years ago the left said we shouldn’t drill because it would take ten years to get any oil.

darwin on March 3, 2012 at 10:21 AM

ernesto on March 3, 2012 at 10:11 AM

That’s stupid. Let’s do nothing!!!!!!!

darwin on March 3, 2012 at 10:21 AM

….it’s ernesto!

KOOLAID2 on March 3, 2012 at 10:25 AM

….it’s ernesto!

KOOLAID2 on March 3, 2012 at 10:25 AM

ROTFLMAO… Yes, why yes it is…

SWalker on March 3, 2012 at 10:32 AM

“A meeting at the White House this week provided a glimmer of new hope that the President and the Democratic-controlled Senate may finally act on some bipartisan energy bills that have been passed by the Republican-led House.

Gosh, once again the right is falling for the “Hope lie”
It’s an election year and the liars will cleverly (some would argue, diabolically) pretend, as they did in “08″ to be rational, reasonable people.

By the way, let’s not lose sight of the bigger picture-freedom. These guys are aggressively going directly after our freedom-(without conscience there can be none) The Nazis had gas, the Soviets had gas, do we wish to replicate their society for gas? Let’s not spend our efforts fighting the wrong fight – and by so doing sell our freedom for gas.

Don L on March 3, 2012 at 10:34 AM

Meanwhile, back at the ranch …

Government Motors has suspended production of the Volt and laid off 1,500 workers.

Move along, nothing to see here, involuntary investors.

~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on March 3, 2012 at 10:37 AM

ernesto on March 3, 2012 at 10:11 AM

That’s stupid. Let’s do nothing!!!!!!!

darwin on March 3, 2012 at 10:21 AM

Leave him alone, it is the one thing he excels at.

hillsoftx on March 3, 2012 at 10:54 AM

As the POTUS says, “We can’t drill our way to lower energy prices.” Gads, you people must think that oil just comes from the ground or something.

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MJBrutus on March 3, 2012 at 11:34 AM

I never heard of him…you are the only conservative I new of from Washingtpn State!
Thank you MSM!

KOOLAID2 on March 3, 2012 at 9:57 AM

There are a lot more of us conservatives in WA State, especially east of the Cascades.

I’m from Yakima and Doc Hastings is my representative.

miron on March 3, 2012 at 11:55 AM

energy shmenergy

DHChron on March 3, 2012 at 12:11 PM

President Obama has wasted taxpayer dollars on Solyndra and other unproven technologies.

That’s a little weak. It would be more accurate to say that they are technologies that have been proven to be ineffective.

Count to 10 on March 3, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Im not sure what all the hoopla about high gas prices are about. If everyone would just properly inflate their tires the increase in gas mileage should more than offset the rising fuel costs……… or so I’m told.

Koa on March 3, 2012 at 12:49 PM

ernesto on March 3, 2012 at 10:11 AM

So grow the drilling steadily. What’s hard about that?

OldEnglish on March 3, 2012 at 10:15 AM

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OE, as I am sure you know (and for those who don’t), Washington state has several refineries and chemical plants located in Anacortes, WA (San Jaun Strait) in some of the most beautiful country in the nation. They all manage to co-exist with the environment quite nicely.
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BTW: Ernesto (aka ernesto che guevara)

diogenes on March 3, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Powerlineblog has what commenter Bill Roberts calls an “instructive chart.”
http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2012/03/exxonmobil-good-citizen.php

onlineanalyst on March 3, 2012 at 1:28 PM

You don’t need much more from me, as Hastings lays it all out quite well. The real question is if we can get the word out widely enough to make a difference and convince the MSM to begin covering this rather than fixating on how much Mitt likes the height of the trees in Wisconsin.

and that’s precisely what won’t happen. The institutional left knows that this is a loser for them, so the media will have to make up story after story about what retrograde reactionaries Rs are

They might just run another 06 election against the Rs. Socially retrograde (stem cells…think Rushbo vs. Michael Fox)…and unethical (think Baucus).

basically unfit to lead…ethically or morally

r keller on March 3, 2012 at 1:54 PM

When a Congress person speaks they are telling you what the staff has come up with concerning an answer. This is what makes some comments from them head scratching when your head does not itch. There are over eleven thousand staff members telling the rep you put in office that’s supposed to listening to their constituents what to say. Don’t believe me? click on this site. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Congressional_staff

mixplix on March 3, 2012 at 2:01 PM

I would like to thank our host for allowing several liberals to post their comments here. They remind everyone of the standard leftist line and the others have the option to either refute or ignore them. There is always someone kind enough to give them a response.

dunce on March 4, 2012 at 1:19 AM

IF oil production has increased during BO’s term, it probably has nothing to do with him. It has to do with things done by past administrations. You don’t get increased production that fast.

Voter from WA State on March 3, 2012 at 9:49 AM

Oil production did increase on state and private land. Areas Obama has no authority over. On federal lands and waters, where Obama does have authority … oil production decreased.

darwin on March 3, 2012 at 9:54 AM

half truths or outright lies…that’s what this admin is built upon, plus the fact that their followers only believe what the admin tells them. SHEEP
You will only hear msnbc say that oil production is up, not that it’s down on public lands.

DiabloAzure on March 4, 2012 at 9:45 AM