Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal contends that Republican criticism of the Obama administration’s handling of rising energy costs “lets the president off too easily.”
And President Barack Obama's “radical environmental policy” is one of the main causes for his failed national energy policy, Jindal writes in an Op-Ed in The Wall Street Journal
“This administration willfully ignores rational choices that would lower energy prices and reduce U.S. reliance on foreign energy sources,” The Bayou State Republican writes.
Jindal, whose state relies on the oil and natural gas industries, also argues that the reason domestic oil production is higher now than it was in 2003 is because decisions to do so were “made by private companies before he took office.”
Jindal mentions several things President Obama should do to give certainty to the American people “that energy independence, not politics, will drive our nation’s security.”
He makes the following suggestions for Obama:
- “Opening new fields where there is clear bipartisan local support — along the mid-Atlantic coast, the Eastern Gulf, and in Alaska’s National Wildlife Refuge.”
- Sending “ a clear signal that his administration will not shut down the revolutionary hydrocracking technique that is making our nation the world leader in natural gas.”
- Reversing “a series of cabinet-level decisions that are at odds with a strategy of affordable domestic energy production. That starts with rebuking Energy Secretary Steven Chu.”
- Announcing “that he’s going to reverse his decision on the Keystone XL pipeline.”
Obama needs to “make wholesale changes to his energy policy and independence ahead of zealous adherence to left-wing environmental theory,” Jindal concludes.
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