Republican accuses Obama of ‘war on American energy’

 
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) on Saturday criticized President Obama’s green-energy policies, arguing they will increase costs and hurt middle-class families. 
 
“This week, tucked in his budget, the president proposed a $65 billion a year tax that would raise the cost of gasoline by, on average, 25 cents for every gallon you buy,” Scalise said in the GOP’s weekly address.
 
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“You’ll hear them call this a tax on oil, but even the White House admits that this new tax would be passed directly onto hard-working families,” he added.
 
Scalise also criticized Obama for engaging in a “war on coal,” pointing to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan that was held up by the Supreme Court earlier this week. 
 
“On Tuesday, the Supreme Court blocked the EPA climate rule at the heart of the president’s war on coal, which has destroyed jobs across our country,” he said.
 
“If you look at the proposals coming out of the president’s EPA, in my home state of Louisiana alone, we would suffer more than 16,000 jobs lost, and families would see increases of more than 20 percent in their household electricity costs.” 
 
The Louisiana lawmaker said he and his colleagues will continue to oppose Obama’s environmental policy at every turn.
 
“The president will try anything he can — even stretch the limits of his power — to keep American-made energy trapped in the ground,” he said. “But we won’t let this happen.
 
“We will continue to use every tool we have to fight President Obama’s war on American energy and jobs.”