Is President Obama's effort in the last several weeks to tout his administration's commitment to energy production and to streamline energy infrastructure all talk--or is it action, too?
Obama has been talking energy nonstop as gasoline prices continue to rise. The administration has noted that domestic energy production has gone up during his term and that more drilling in the Arctic and Alaska is planned for this summer. Last week, Obama issued an executive order requesting federal agencies to expedite energy infrastructure projects, such as roads, renewable-energy generation, transmission lines, and pipelines--specifically the southern part of the Keystone XL pipeline.
What do you make of Obama's singular focus on energy these past several weeks? What factors, including the economy and environment, should the administration consider when implementing Obama's executive order on energy infrastructure? What, if anything, should Congress do in reaction to everything Obama is doing?