Washington, DC – U.S. Congressman Charles W. Boustany, Jr., MD (R-Southwest Louisiana) today criticized President Obama’s delayed response to dealing with America’s energy policy.

“None of the President’s past actions give me confidence about his latest energy promises,” Boustany said. “For nearly a year, our rigs in the Gulf sat idle while President Obama proposed new energy programs without addressing our current energy needs. Not only has he ignored the requests of the Louisiana delegation to discuss energy production, he has ignored the people along the Gulf Coast for too long.
“Republicans have long had an ‘all of the above’ approach to energy policy. Yesterday, I joined Rep. Doc Hastings, Chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, in introducing three pieces of legislation which will begin to undo the disastrous effects of the President’s halt to American energy production and force the Administration to act on permit applications in a reasonable amount of time. Actions like these will jump start energy production, not more empty promises from this Administration.”
Boustany has been a leader on the Gulf Coast on energy production since taking office in 2005. Since the Administration’s moratorium, Boustany led the fight for a resumption of energy production along the Gulf Coast, and his efforts have resulted in some of the first permits being issued since May 2010, though more still needs to be done.