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Obama Proclaims October ‘Energy Action Month’ Despite Rejecting Pipeline, Threats To Natural Gas And Coal Industries

By Craig Bannister | October 2, 2012 | 4:38pm EDT

Yesterday, Pres. Obama proclaimed October 2012 “National Energy Action Month.”

“I call upon the citizens of the United States to recognize this month by working together to achieve greater energy security, a more robust economy, and a healthier environment for our children,” Obama declared.

Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, took exception to Pres. Obama’s proclamation of National Energy Action Month, saying “Every month should be national energy month.”

“Every day of the year Americans should be able to develop our resources to create millions of new jobs and supply the affordable energy we need to get our economy back on track.  Yet, every day, the Obama administration works tirelessly to ‘crucify’ oil and gas development, and ensure that ‘if you want to build a coal plant you got a big problem,’” Inhofe said.

Inhofe also highlighted Obama’s anti-energy record, citing rejection of the Keystone pipeline, “backdoor global warming cap-and-trade regulations,” expensive EPA rules, and “hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars (thrown) out the window on companies like Solyndra.”

On the same day he proclaimed “National Energy Action Month,” Obama announced that two mass transit projects will be “expedited.” Unlike permits for the Keystone oil pipeline, permits for public transportation infrastructure projects will actually be made easier to obtain.

Ironically, while a significant portion of Keystone pipeline drilling is delayed, Obama’s transit announcement was made “as part of his ‘We Can’t Wait’ initiative.”

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