Science Space and Tech Committee Press
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 11:05 PM
Chairman Hall Responds to Presidents Energy Policies in State of the Union Address
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJanuary 24, 2012Press Contact: Zachary Kurz
Chairman Hall Responds to President¶s EnergyPolicies in State of the Union Address
± Following this evening¶s State of the Union address,
Rep. Ralph Hall (R-TX)
, Chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, released thefollowing statement:³Tonight the President once more devoted significant time and attention to energy as akey to American prosperity and the economic recovery²that much we can agree on. Butthis was his third State of the Union address, and by now it is clear that his lofty rhetoricgoes nowhere when it comes to policies that will actually increase domestic energysupply and production. His message may appear supportive of encouraging all forms of energy, but past experience has shown these promises ring hollow. Nothing the Presidentcould have said tonight would make me believe it wasn¶t accompanied by a wink to theEPA as it continues its all-out assault on American industry and the U.S. economy.³For example, the President incredibly said he would take µevery possible action¶ toexpand domestic natural gas production, when in fact his EPA appears to be doing theexact opposite. Much of the President¶s regulatory agenda is based on shaky science, andas Chairman of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee, I will continue rigorousoversight to ensure the administration¶s regulations are developed in an open andtransparent manner and based on sound science. EPA¶s ongoing efforts to regulatehydraulic fracturing are a great example. Natural gas is a vital domestic resource, andhydraulic fracturing is a well-established process borne from American ingenuity,enabling greatly increased production of clean, affordable energy. This production iscritical to America¶s economic growth, and yet EPA continues its quest to suspend this process by any means.