Energy and Commerce leaders today called attention to two glaring omissions in President Obama’s so-called “all of the above” energy plan. A new infographic features his vision for an energy future that excludes coal and hydropower. Coal and hydropower are critical American energy resources that together currently provide for over half the country’s electricity.
Energy and Power Subcommittee Chairman Ed Whitfield (R-KY) criticized the president for his continued crusade against coal. “This administration has been openly in the business of putting coal out of business,” said Whitfield. “And for the president to run around talking about an â€˜all of the above’ energy policy, even on his campaign website, and to not even mention coal as an important energy sector is unbelievable to me.”
Watch Whitfield’s full remarks here:
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) questioned a representative from President Obama’s Department of Energy as to why hydropower was missing from the president’s desired energy mix. “Where is hydropower?” asked McMorris Rodgers. “Am I to conclude that President Obama doesn’t see a future role for hydropower, and that he is actually picking wind and solar over hydropower as a renewable source of energy?”
Watch Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ full remarks here: