As the issue of rising gas prices dominates Obama’s current standing among the public, the White House is scrambling to broadcast the President’s purported dedication to U.S. energy independence. And one strategy the administration is engaging in is to accuse congressional Republicans of stonewalling executive efforts to improve the country’s energy and environmental stature.
This time, Obama’s right-hand man, Vice President Joe Biden, accused GOP lawmakers of blocking efforts to promote the development of solar, wind, and other renewable sources of energy. "They’re emasculating all the efforts to deal with renewable energy," Biden charged Sunday in a pre-taped interview on CBS’ Face the Nation. The Republicans "have no policy," he added, including the GOP presidential candidates who are pushing for more U.S. oil and gas drilling.
The Vice President proceeded to censure the supposed "polarization" that has been kindled in Congress, a result of the GOP-dominated 2010 congressional elections. Responding to CBS anchor Bob Schieffer’s question about the "lopsided blame" being cast at Republicans, Biden said he has never seen such gridlock before, despite being in the political scene "for a long time."
"I do think the idea of compromise is still alive and well with the Democrats and the Congress," he continued. "But with enough of a minority in the Republican Party controlling the majority, there is no room for compromise. I mean none."
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