(CNSNews.com) – Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) said he’s had enough of environmentalists standing in the way of energy production over the last three decades, remarking, “It’s just about damn time that we ought to have a national energy policy and do something the American people want us to do.”
At a Tuesday press conference on Capitol Hill with several other House Republicans, Boehner was asked about the relationship between high gas prices and investment speculators on Wall Street.
Boehner said, “The price of gas is driven by two factors. It’s driven by supply and it’s driven by demand. And the fact is, is that supply, most of it, comes from the Middle East where there’s an awful lot of turmoil. People are concerned about whether that flow of oil is going to continue.”
Boehner continued: “Secondly, when you look at demand we’re moving into the summer driving season and the [Environmental Protection Agency] EPA requires 30 different blends of gasoline to be produced, now for the summer months in most of the country. And then to try to produce those 30 different blends and then ship them puts an awful lot of demand on the system as a result. You’ve got much higher prices.”
“Americans understand that we can produce more of our own energy,” he said. “And they don’t understand why 35 years -- since the oil embargo of 1974 -- that we’ve never had a national energy policy.”
“We’ve got a handful of environmentalists groups -- radical environmental groups -- who’ve stood in the way of having a national energy policy all of these years and it’s just about damn time that we ought to have a national energy policy and do something the American people want us to do,” said Boehner. “Enough of this! Get out of here!”
Boehner then ended the press conference. Last Friday, several Democrats, including House Minority Leader Nnancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) blamed speculators on Wall Street as somehow being able to artificially inflate the price of gasoline, to where the national average is almost $4 a gallon for unleaded.
In a statement, Pelosi said, "Wall Street profiteering, not oil shortages, is the cause of the price spike. Unfortunately, Republicans have chosen to protect the interests of Wall Street speculators and oil companies instead of the interests of working Americans by obstructing the agencies with the responsibility of enforcing consumer protection laws.”
During Tuesday’s press conference, Boehner noted, “The president says he’s for an ‘all-of-the-above’ energy plan. Has anyone seen it? I’ve not seen it. And the fact is, that the president blocked the Keystone pipeline. He’s blocked efforts that would expand energy production in inner Mountain West, over in the Gulf and in a small portion of Alaska.”
“If the president is serious about working with us to expand energy production in America and to deal with the rising oil prices, it’s time for him to lay his cards on the table,” said Boehner.
The average price of gasoline nationally hit $3.72 today, the highest price ever for this early in the year.
In the president’s weekly address on Saturday, he outlined his comprehensive plan of “oil, gas, wind, solar, nuclear, biofuels, and more.”
“We need to keep developing the technology that allows us to use less oil in our cars and trucks; in our buildings and plants. That’s the strategy we’re pursuing, and that’s the only real solution to this challenge,” he said.
President Obama also included algae as part of his energy plan at a campaign stop in Florida last week.
“We’re making new investments in the development of gasoline and diesel and jet fuel that’s actually made from a plant-like substance -- algae,” the president said.
"You’ve got a bunch of algae out here, right? If we can figure out how to make energy out of that, we’ll be doing all right,” he added.