In this week’s GOP Weekly Address, Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA) offered President Obama a lump of coal for Christmas. “Instead of forcing our workers to live with less,” said Kelly, “the president should let us use our God-given resources and talents to help Americans get back to work and make our nation the energy superpower it can be.”
Kelly, holding a large piece of coal, begins by explaining the importance of coal to the American economy:
Today I’m offering President Obama a lump of coal for Christmas. Not because he’s been bad this year—no, I’ll get to that—I’m offering the president a lump of coal because this product right here holds the potential for a 21st century economic revival.
You see coal is our most abundant and valuable resource. It lights our homes, keeps our electric bills low, and puts food on the table for countless families. More than 40,000 jobs in my state alone are tied to coal.
But this isn’t just about coal country. No, this is about our whole country. Because no other nation in the world has been blessed with such abundant, affordable, and accessible resources. And with all that God has given us, we shouldn’t be just trying to keep up with the pack—my goodness, we should be leading the world.
Kelly then turned his attention to Obama’s coal-crushing policies, despite his repeated claim of being for “all-of-the-above,” highlighting the president’s infamous statement that his policies would ultimately bankrupt the coal industry:
Now if only we had a president willing to seize this opportunity. Now he tells us he’s for “all-of-the-above,” but then he leaves out everything that’s below. The president said he would bankrupt the coal industry, and he’s spent his presidency trying to do just that.
Federal regulations have already forced two coal-powered in my district to close over the past two years and hundreds more are set to shut down around our country. He’s put up so many roadblocks to American energy that all our production is coming from state and private lands.
Even when the president’s own party stopped him from imposing his cap and trade tax, he said it was “just one way of skinning a cat.” And then he directed the EPA to do his bidding for him.
Kelly listed a few ways that America could reinvigorate the energy industry, including reducing regulations, expediting infrastructure, and expanding production, and said that the new Republican-controlled Congress will be moving on many of these initiatives come January, specifically citing the Keystone pipeline.
Now instead of forcing our workers to live with less, the president should let us use our God-given resources and talents to help Americans get back to work and make our nation the energy superpower it can be—and, quite frankly, that it needs to be. […] If we all pull together, we can make 2015 the year we restore our nation of builders.