Pennsylvania’s Republican U.S. Senator, Pat Toomey, said he was “disappointed” by President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address. That’s despite the relatively low expectations Toomey said he carried into the speech.
Toomey spoke to reporters during a Tuesday night conference call.
What about Obama’s call for expanded natural gas drilling?
Toomey said he was “encouraged” by Obama’s “apparent embrace of natural gas,” but said the push for more domestic production is negated by Obama’s recent decision to reject an application for the Keystone XL Pipeline, which would have transported oil from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico.
Toomey said he also continues to oppose the president’s “insistence on continuing to subsidize forms of energy.”
During tonight’s speech, President Obama announced the Navy will “make one of the largest commitments to clean energy in history” by purchasing enough power generated by alternative sources to “power a quarter of a million homes a year.”
It’s not clear where this energy will come from – NPR News said it’s a mix of solar and renewable power — but Toomey didn’t like the idea. The “expensive and inefficient energy is a waste of money,” Toomey said.