WASHINGTON, DC – House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today in response to remarks made by President Bush after meeting with advisors on the economy and energy this morning:
“With the price of gas at $4.11 a gallon, President Bush insists on spreading blame, not finding solutions. He tells us that Democrats stand against increasing oil production here at home, but he couldn't be more wrong. Democrats absolutely support drilling. We'd just remind the oil companies that 88 million acres of land are available for drilling, right now. That's an area the size of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, and most of Maryland, combined. Congress can't get that oil out of the ground; but we can make the job easier for the oil companies and get fuel flowing to the Americans who need it. I think that beats the Republican plan: more handouts of public land and unnecessary taxpayer subsidies.
“It was clear today that Barack Obama gets the difference. He's offering us a way out of this energy crisis: drilling on those tens of millions of acres of idle land to get us through the short term, and a real plan to kick our national oil addiction in the years to come.”