U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., is delivering the Republican Weekly Address today, and he will talk about how the nation’s energy policy and jobs picture are tied together.
Scott also criticizes President Obama’s performance, according to a copy of the remarks obtained by The Post and Courier.
“The President is so out of touch with unemployed Americans that he thinks tens of thousands of Keystone XL construction jobs are a ‘blip,’ and ‘not a jobs plan,’” Scott’s address says.
Scott said last month that he is working to encourage exploration and oil and gas leases, including off South Carolina’s coast. He said Obama has effectively re-imposed an offshore moratorium.
“According to a study, just in my own state of South Carolina, opening the offshore to energy production has the potential to create over 7,500 new jobs, have a statewide economic impact of over $2.2 billion annually, and generate around $87.5 million in new state revenue,” his address says.
Scott says the Republicans have an all-of-the-above approach to developing energy, while Obama is trying to pick winners and losers and specifically blocked new oil and gas production.
He notes the Keystone XL pipeline could support 40,000 new jobs. “There’s no disputing the fact that energy production is down on federal lands and waters that President Obama controls,” he adds.
For the freshman Senator, the address will be his highest-profile speech to date, with the possible exception of his speech in Tampa at last year’s Republican presidential convention.
The address is typically run by ABC, CBS, and other national radio networks.
Scott took office in January, filling the vacancy created by Sen. Jim DeMint’s resignation.
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