RNC Chairman Priebus: “This President Has Shut Down Everything When it Comes to Energy Independence”
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Preibus, today on Face the Nation:
Republicans have been in favor of this Keystone pipeline. 20,000 jobs. If there ever was such thing as shovel ready project, here’s one of them. Plus it would get us a step closer to energy independence. It wouldn’t be the whole deal, but its a step closer. And this President has shut down everything when it comes to energy independence in this country. We’re sitting on a wealth of energy to get us to a place where we don’t have four and five dollar gas. This President isn’t there and he’s talking out of both sides of his mouth.
Meanwhile, U.S. reliance on foreign oil is at its lowest point since the Clinton administration, having dropped from 57% of total consumption in 2008 to 45% in 2011.
For more context, see Paul Krugman’s excellent recent column: Natural Born Drillers.