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U.S. Rep. James Lankford: President's misguided two-step energy plan

BY U.S. REP. JAMES LANKFORD Published: April 8, 2012
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On Wednesday, I spent several hours at three gas stations around Oklahoma City talking to Oklahomans filling up their gas tanks. When I asked what they would do to bring down the price of gas, the vast majority of people said they would drill for more oil in America and stop buying oil from overseas. They also wanted to know when they could buy a car that runs on CNG so they can have less-expensive options for fuel. Oklahomans understand this issue so much better than Washington.

The current policy of focusing on the “energy of the future” while punishing the energy of the present is hurting American jobs and our energy independence. Most of all, people who live paycheck to paycheck are hit hard by higher energy prices. Oklahomans have no issue with new energy resources. We have led the nation in wind and biofuel research. But, when an “energy proposal for the future” economically devastates our neighbors today, we have to speak out.

The president's two-step plan for energy seems to be perfectly illustrated by his Oklahoma speech in front of a stack of green empty oil pipe: (1) Green (2) Empty Oil Pipe.

Lankford, R-Oklahoma City, represents Oklahoma's 5th Congressional District.