Whitfield Responds to President’s State of the Union Address
WASHINGTON, D.C. – After hearing President Obama’s State of the Union Address, Rep. Ed Whitfield (KY-01), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Energy and Power, issued the following response:
“I am pleased that the President called for more bipartisan cooperation tonight in his State of the Union address. The State of our Union is still very fragile as it continues moving toward economic recovery and by working together, we can continue moving forward and address the very real and challenging issues facing us.
“I am also pleased to hear the President propose a five year budget freeze on domestic spending. While it may require painful cuts, I believe this is a good starting point toward controlling our spending and deficit.
“On energy I am glad to hear the President call for an ‘all of the above’ strategy that includes nuclear and clean coal. However, I remain concerned that in the President’s call for investments and subsidies into new energy technologies, we will be neglecting opportunities to grow and utilize the resources that are currently available. I also am concerned about the level of costly and over-burdensome regulation being proposed by this Administration on many of our energy producing providers. The President in recent weeks has called for striking the proper balance between regulations that protects the environment without restricting economic growth. I would have like to have heard more about that balance tonight and hope the President, and more importantly, those in his Administration, follow through on his call.
“In order to meet our energy demands, we must find the balance of researching and developing new energy sources while responsibility utilizing and developing the resources already available to us. The President said tonight that in order for the United States to win the future, we must keep and create jobs in America. In Kentucky, for example, thousands of jobs are tied to the coal industry both directly and indirectly. By responsibility developing and utilizing the resources we currently have domestically, we can fulfill that call as new technologies are developed and put onto the market.
“In the coming weeks, I look forward to working with my colleagues in moving our country forward as we address the very real challenges that face it. “