Tuesday, January 17, 2012

"Obama's jobs council calls for expanded drilling"

From The Hill's E2 Wire:
President Obama’s jobs council called Tuesday for an “all-in approach” to energy policy that includes expanded oil and gas drilling as well as expediting energy projects like pipelines.

“[W]e should allow more access to oil, natural gas and coal opportunities on federal lands,” states the year-end report released Tuesday by the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness.
The report does not specifically mention the Keystone XL pipeline, but it endorses moving forward quickly with projects that “deliver electricity and fuel,” including pipelines.

“The Council recognizes the important safety and environmental concerns surrounding these types of projects, but now more than ever, the jobs and economic and energy security benefits of these energy projects require us to tackle the issues head-on and to expeditiously, though cautiously, move forward on projects that can support hundreds of thousands of jobs,” the report says....MORE
Here's the President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness 2011 Report, "Road Map to Renewal".
Summary and 72 page PDF

We just happened to catch this when going over the President's schedule for today:

In the morning, the President and the Vice President will receive the Presidential Daily Briefing and the President will meet with senior advisors in the Oval Office. These meetings are closed press.

Later in the morning, the President will meet with the Council on Jobs and Competitiveness in the State Dining Room. There will be a pool spray for the President's remarks at the top of the meeting. The entire meeting will be streamed online at whitehouse.gov/live.

Following this meeting, the President will have lunch with the Vice President in the Private Dining Room. This lunch is closed press.

In the afternoon, the President will host King Abdullah II of Jordan at the White House. There will be a pool spray at the bottom of the meeting....