Obama’s ‘All-The-Above’ Energy Push Becomes A Strategy Of One
By Loren Steffy
President Obama hit energy issues early in his State of the Union speech, noting that the U.S. oil and natural gas boom has created thousands of jobs and reduced American crude imports to their lowest level in 20 years. Returning to an idea he proposed in 2012, he talked up his “all-the-above” energy strategy. This time, though, the pitch was far more selective. While he made a passing reference to solar power, he said nothing about nuclear power, biofuels, coal, the Keystone pipeline, liquefied natural gas exports or wind.
It was natural gas’ night, drawing praise from the president for its ability to slow the growth of carbon emissions and its role as a “bridge” to other, cleaner fuels. The almost singular focus on natural gas amounted to an endorsement of hydraulic fracturing, a pragmatic recognition that a booming domestic energy industry is one of the country’s few economic bright spots. It wasn’t what environmentalists, who had already criticized the “all-the-above” strategy, wanted to hear.
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