When Will the President’s Policies Match His Rhetoric?

February 12, 2013

President’s stated goals continue to conflict with actions


(DENVER) – In tonight’s State of the Union address, President Obama again took credit for the improved energy profile of America, while promising more policies that will continue to counteract his stated goals. From tax increases to climate change, his policy solutions would actually undercut the very real success the private sector has achieved in progressing toward these goals.


“Time and time again President Obama says the right things publically when he talks about our nation’s energy and economic potential,” said Tim Wigley, President of Western Energy Alliance. “However, while touting the success of increased oil and natural gas production in America, he continues to ignore the fact that those increases are almost exclusively on state and private lands, and that federal lands are not keeping pace.”


“Responsible development of America’s oil and natural gas resources on federal lands in the West remains one of the most effective yet underutilized solutions to creating jobs and increasing revenue for the federal treasury. We can replicate the energy, economic and employment successes of places like North Dakota if the President would adjust his policies and allow greater regulatory certainty on federal lands,” continued Wigley.


“Climate change is another issue important to the President. America is the only industrialized country that has significantly reduced greenhouse gas emissions because of the dramatic increase in natural gas electricity generation. Increasing taxes on the natural gas industry would mean less domestic production which would reverse some of those gains.”


Western Energy Alliance calls upon President Obama to allow the responsible development of oil and natural gas on federal lands which would simultaneously create the jobs and energy the nation needs while protecting the environment. Oil and natural gas companies have proven they can achieve balance on federal lands in the West already – delivering 18% of American oil and 26% of natural gas production while disturbing just 0.07% of federal lands. Policies that limit energy production from federal lands, including proposals to increase taxes on the oil and natural gas industry, will only hinder our nation’s economic recovery and prevent the full energy and economic realization of the West.


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About Western Energy Alliance
Western Energy Alliance, founded in 1974 as the Independent Petroleum Association of Mountain States, is a non-profit trade association representing more than 400 companies engaged in all aspects of environmentally responsible exploration and production of oil and natural gas in the West. More information on Western Energy Alliance and its members is available at www.westernenergyalliance.org.