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Tiahrt responds to Oval Office address

Rep. Todd Tiahrt released the following statement in response to President Obama’s first Oval Office address Tuesday night.

U.S. Congressman Todd Tiahrt (R-Kan.) today issued the following statement following President Obama’s prime-time television address where he used the BP oil spill crisis as an excuse for advancing job-killing national energy taxes.

“President Obama is wrong to go on national television and use the BP oil spill crisis as a tool to advance job-killing national energy taxes on every American citizen,” said Tiahrt. “He is using public fear as an excuse to lock-up more of our natural resources that will only make us more dependent on foreign sources of oil. Tonight’s address did not offer any real solutions to diminish the impact of the oil spill on the families and businesses in the affected region. But it did show the president’s lack of leadership and experience leading our nation during a crisis. A national energy tax will not help plug the oil leak or the devastation happening along the Gulf region. Instead, it will cap jobs, raise everyone’s taxes, and shift environmental responsibility to other oil-producing nations.

“This tragedy underscores the need for a comprehensive energy plan that will lead us to energy independence by conserving energy, investing in alternative and renewable sources of energy, increasing refining capacity, and allowing more of our natural resources to be used for our energy production in an environmentally responsible way—without raising taxes or killing jobs.”

It’s worth noting that Moran and Tiahrt, while both criticizing the President’s address, took different tacks in their responses. Moran focused on cap and trade while Tiahrt went after the jobs issue.

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About Jonathan Shorman

A journalism student at The University of Kansas and columnist for The University Daily Kansan.

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