WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) released the following statement after the President’s speech today:
“The President has been largely silent on so many critical issues facing our nation, including Syria, the NSA and jobs, so it was disappointing when instead of addressing these topics, he chose to declare a war on coal today and announce new energy taxes on working families. At a time when 20 million Americans are unemployed or underemployed, and even more have lost trust in our government and faith in our economy, the President should be focused on getting people back to work and restoring that trust.
“President Obama’s senior adviser, Daniel Schrag, told the New York Times ‘The one thing the president really needs to do now is to begin the process of shutting down the conventional coal plants. Politically, the White House is hesitant to say they’re having a war on coal. On the other hand, a war on coal is exactly what’s needed.’ The President’s war on coal has real consequences for American families in the form of lost jobs and higher utility bills.
“Energy costs are rising and job creation is dwindling as a result of this Administration’s inability to adopt a reasonable and responsible energy policy. Just last year, 400 good-paying coal jobs in Virginia were lost as a result – and the President’s plan announced today only perpetuates more of the same job-destroying policies that close businesses and devastate communities. We need an all-of-the-above energy plan.
“House Republicans are focused on lowering energy costs and creating jobs for American families, and our proposals which include two offshore energy bills, hydropower legislation, and the expedited construction of the Keystone Pipeline, will do just that. Rather than seek to unilaterally make heating your homes and fueling your car more expensive, the President should work with us to lower costs and unleash our abundant energy resources off the coast of Virginia and across the country.”