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West Virginia Democratic Governor Speaks Out About President Obama’s Anti-Energy Policies

  • May 2, 2012
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As President Obama continues to refuse to approve the job-creating Keystone XL pipeline, his administration’s anti-energy policies are placing the White House at odds with a growing number in his own party.  CNN reports:

“West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, a Democrat, said in an interview published Wednesday he's unsure if he'll vote for President Barack Obama in the upcoming general election.

"’President Obama has apparently made it his mission to drive the backbone of West Virginia's economy, coal and the energy industry, out of business,’ Tomblin said. ‘That will not only hurt thousands of West Virginia families, it will destroy the economic fabric of our state.’"

Like West Virginia, Ohio relies on coal – approximately 86 percent of Buckeye State electricity is generated from coal – to power its economy, but President Obama has been going out of his way to distance himself from this abundant energy source.

In fact, despite the president’s numerous recent energy speeches, it’s been more than a year since he mentioned coal in public.  Worse yet, his administration’s efforts to delay and stop energy production are threatening to close four Ohio power plants, increase energy costs and destroy hundreds of jobs.

With 64 percent of Americans disapproving of President Obama’s handling of high gas prices, it’s not surprising to see Gov. Tomblin and other Democrats speaking out about President Obama’s anti-energy policies.  Last month, a veto-proof majority of House Democrats and Republicans voted to require approval of the Keystone XL pipeline.

The bill, which passed by an overwhelming 293-197 vote, is part of a series measures put forward in recent months by Congressman Boehner and House Republicans to implement a real “all-of-the-above” energy strategy to create jobs and address high gas prices.  To learn more, click here.

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