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Highlights from Conference Call with U.S. Rep. Steve Stivers (OH-15) on Obama’s Energy Speech in OH

- March 22, 2012

U.S. Rep. Steve Stivers:

"I was glad he is going to The Ohio State University where I think he can learn a little bit about an all of the above energy policy by some of the things they are doing at Ohio State. They're doing some work on clean coal technology and unfortunately this administration has had a war on coal and if you're going to have an all of the above energy policy, you need to focus on all of the above. That includes things like clean coal. And Ohio, and, in fact America, is the Saudi Arabia of coal. There's also some great research going on at Ohio State about nuclear energy, and this Department of Energy has failed to act on a request to help the USEC plant in Piketon, Ohio, which is near to my district, and it's an important part of nuclear energy moving forward, and we hope the Department of Energy will take a look at stuff like that.

"He's also going to stop by the Center for Automotive Research, and I think they're doing some great work there on battery technology and some other things that I think are going to be helpful in the future, but they're also doing some research at The Ohio State University on shale oil. Frankly, the EPA had some real tough regulations they're proposing on shale oil that are not necessarily science based. We need to make sure we do shale oil right, and it needs to be science-based, but it is an important energy source and it should be included in any all of the above energy policy.

"Finally, just on drilling in general, you just can't be for drilling during the election year. It takes sustained energy production if we're ever going to reduce the price of our own gas at the pump in a meaningful way, in a sustained way, and frankly it takes four or five years for a lot of energy production, especially offshore drilling, to get online and so a lot of the energy production that this administration has taken credit for actually occurred during the previous administration.

"So, we need a sustained policy. We still import 57% of our oil, and we need to move towards energy independence. We're not going to move away from a petrol economy anytime soon, and so while that includes things like bio-diesel, and we need to include renewables, it also includes drilling for oil and natural gas that are American made, and it includes securing trading partners like Canada with the XL pipeline. It's also ironic that the administration is going to stop by part of the XL pipeline today and talk about how great part of the pipeline is. Well, you actually need the whole pipeline if you're going to actually have oil that comes in from Canada, which is a secure trading partner that agrees with us on most foreign policies. So, there are some things the administration can I hope learns from their trip to Ohio State today, and I hope they start to believe in the true all of the above energy policy like they talk about."

Click Here To Listen To The Full Audio: http://www.gop.com/audio/3.22.2012_Ohio.mp3


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