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Cantor: Obama is 'Hostile to Fossil Fuels'

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March 4, 2012

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., attacked President Obama on Sunday as being "hostile to fossil fuels," arguing that his policies were what's causing pain at the gas pump for many Americans.

"He's hostile to fossil fuels, he’s hostile to coal, he's hostile to oil, he's hostile, frankly, to gas," Cantor said on NBC's Meet the Press, calling for a clearer energy policy from Obama.

Though the president has called for an "all of the above" energy strategy that taps all forms of available energy, gas prices are rising at a record rates. Cantor's comments are in line with a wider GOP attempt to position Obama as the cause of those high prices, which they hope will hurt him in this year’s election.

 

While he acknowledged the need to search for new technology to reduce reliance on gas, Cantor said that new technologies are not the answer.

"The reality is, we are going to be a nation dependent upon fossil fuels for the foreseeable future," he said.

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