House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La meets with Breitling Energy’s CEO Chris Faulkner

Video by Thomas Miller, Breitling Energy Corp.

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., threw red meat to a hungry oil and gas crowd earlier this month, accusing President Obama of being “anti-fossil fuel” and listing goals Congress may pass to satisfy pro-energy forces.

He told The Advertiser, “There are a lot of challenges” for the energy industry, at the Louisiana Oil & Gas Association annual meeting. But there are opportunities, too. Scalise serves as vice chair of the U.S. House Subcommittee on Energy and Power. It oversees a number of energy-related issues. He told the publications that the president’s positions from coal consumption to the Keystone XL pipeline to the performance of Executive Branch departments and agencies have cost the country jobs and undercut energy security for the U.S.

The congressman said when he visited coal workers in Ohio all he saw was “fear” in their eyes because of “devestating job losses” in those states and because of what he called an anti-coal agenda. Scalise met with Faulkner at an event in Austin, Texas.

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