A report cited by President Obama during this week’s State of the Union address as a possible basis for national energy policy also calls for increased offshore drilling and oil production in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR)—two policies the administration has opposed.
Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar repeatedly touted recent increases in domestic oil and gas production at the White House press briefing on Monday, in an attempt to rebut claims from Republicans that Obama is soft on promoting domestic energy.
Sen. Mary Landrieu (D., La.) criticized the Obama administration and Sec. Ken Salazar on offshore drilling during a Committee On Energy And Natural Resources hearing Tuesday.