Florida Senator Marco Rubio, delivering the official Republican response to President Barack Obama’s February 12, 2013 State of the Union address said government has a role in encouraging economic growth — including the energy sector.
Rubio said one of the promising paths to economic success for the U.S. is to foster a healthy expansion of the American energy industry. He added that an all-of-the-above approach that uses every energy resource available is the best choice.
“Of course solar and wind energy should be a part of our energy portfolio. But God also blessed America with abundant coal, oil and natural gas. Instead of wasting more taxpayer money on so-called ‘clean energy’ companies like Solyndra, let’s open up more federal lands for safe and responsible exploration,” Rubio said.
Rubio also called for common sense reforms in the country’s energy regulations, which he said would also encourage growth in the energy sector.
“If we can grow our energy industry, it will make us energy independent, it will create middle class jobs and it will help bring manufacturing back from places like China,” he said.
The answer to the issues facing the country, including questions of energy policy, can’t always be solved by decrees from Washington, D.C., he said. A bigger and more powerful government, he said, creates problems rather than solving them.
“When we point out that no matter how many job-killing laws we pass, our government can’t control the weather — he accuses us of wanting dirty water and dirty air,” he said.