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Obama’s Hodgepodge Energy Policy

RNC Communications - February 22, 2012

Record high gasoline is just another indicator of Obama’s failed record on energy. The worst part is that he will say we need a comprehensive energy policy, but it’s something he’s promised before and not surprisingly, failed to deliver. In his own words, he described his own energy policy as just a “hodgepodge.”

Obama Promised To Make Energy A Priority, But Has Since Admitted His Own Energy Policy Is “Just A Hodgepodge”

PROMISE: In 2008, Obama Called Energy A Leading Priority Of His Presidency. “Looking ahead, I'm confident that we will be ready to begin the journey towards a new energy frontier on January 20th. This will be a leading priority of my presidency and a defining test of our time.” (President-Elect Barack Obama, Remarks in Chicago Announcing Energy And Environment Team, Chicago, IL, 12/15/08)

Obama: “We Can’t Afford Complacency Nor Accept More Broken Promises” On Energy. We can't afford complacency nor accept more broken promises. We won’t create a new energy economy overnight. We won't protect our environment overnight. But we can begin that work right now, if we think anew and if we act anew. Now we must have the will to act and to act boldly.” (President-Elect Barack Obama, Remarks in Chicago Announcing Energy And Environment Team, Chicago, IL, 12/15/08)

BROKEN: Even Obama Has Said He’s Failed On Energy, Saying His Energy Policy Is Just A “Hodgepodge.” OBAMA: “Our energy policy still is just a hodgepodge, and for all the progress we've made, we're not where we need to be in making sure that this is an energy-efficient economy that is running on all cylinders.”(President Barack Obama, Remarks By The President At A DNC Event, Miami, FL, 6/13/11)

Obama In His Own Words: “We Still Don't Have All The Energy Policies In Place That We Need To Free Ourselves From Dependence On Foreign Oil And Adequately Deal With Climate Change.” “We still don't have all the energy policies in place that we need to free ourselves from dependence on foreign oil and adequately deal with climate change, despite the fact that we've doubled fuel economy standards on cars and made enormous progress on clean energy -- and that means that I'm going to need another term to finish the job.” (President Barack Obama,  Remarks At Campaign Event #2, Speech, New York, NY, 11/30/11)

Obama: “We Haven’t Had An Energy Policy In This Country That Makes Sense And Frees Ourselves From Dependence On Foreign Oil.” (President Barack Obama, Remarks By The President On The American Jobs Act, Millers Creek, NC, 10/17/11)

President Obama Really Doesn’t Have A Coherent Energy Policy, Whose “Approach Has Been To Throw Out One Idea After Another Without Connecting The Dots Into An Overall Initiative.” “What is also important is what this debacle says once again about White House policy: Mainly that there really isn’t any. As in other initiatives, President Barack Obama has made lofty pronouncements about alternative energy without delineating any coherent coordinated plan for moving forward. His approach has been to throw out one idea after another without connecting the dots into an overall initiative.” (Dan K. Thomasson, “Solyndra’s Shadow Lasting,” The Boston Herald, 10/19/11)


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