Sen. Hatch: Obama Energy Policy Favors Urban Elite Over Working Class

Thursday, 01 Mar 2012 02:33 PM

By Dan Weil

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Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, says that President Barack Obama’s energy policy deserts the working class in favor of the hip, urban elite, The Hill reports.

"This commitment to restrain domestic production is a policy that divides my colleagues on the other side of the aisle,” Hatch said on the floor of the Senate Wednesday. “They know the president is putting the preferred lifestyle policies of wealthy urbanites ahead of the needs of blue-collar and union workers and middle-class Americans."

The delays that Obama has imposed on the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline have “put environmental interest groups ahead of the needs of workers, commuters, and families,” said Hatch, who faces a tough re-election fight from both parties this year.

"President Obama has traded in the hard hat and lunch bucket category of the Democratic Party for a hipster fedora and a double skim latte,” Hatch said, according to The Hill.

In his rush to satisfy liberal environmental dreams, Obama is ignoring the economic struggles of the working class, Hatch said. The unemployment rate has stood above 8 percent for 36 straight months, he notes.

“Yet the president and his allies in the Senate have helped to kill projects that would undeniably lead to the creation of hundreds of thousands of high paying American jobs.”


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