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President Obama Talks Shale, Energy at THE Ohio State University

EID Ohio was on location as President Obama visited The Ohio State University  on his energy tour this week where he discussed his “all the above” energy policy. The President has been highlighting domestic energy development in his remarks since his  State of the Union address in January. Since Ohio is expected to provide the nation with abundant amounts of clean natural gas and crude oil from Utica Shale development it is no surprise that the Buckeye State was a destination along his multi-state tour.

On an 80 degree day in late March about 2,000 people waited in line to hear the President provide remarks on his overall energy strategy.

Some of those in line were from Energy Citizens. This group is working hard to promote the Keystone Pipeline and all of the benefits that will come with that project once the President signs off on it in its entirety.

Mr. Jack Keegen

Ms. Nicole Campbell

The President began he remarks to the crowd with some comments about production numbers.

“Under my administration America is producing more oil today than any time in the last 8 years”.

The President concluded his remarks talking about the need for what he called an “all the above” energy policy.

“We can’t drill our way out of the problem even if we drilled ever square inch of the county.”

While the President, and his policies towards domestic oil and natural gas development, are hotly debated items during the current election it was certainly exciting to have the President visit, especially following our March primaries which brought the major Republican candidates to the Buckeye State.

Adding to this, in the course of one week the President of the United States, the Ohio Senate President and The Speaker of the Ohio House all go on record talking about the importance of energy here in Ohio. Add those comments to Congressman Bill Johnson, State Rep. David Hall, State Senator Troy Balderson and State Rep. Andy Thompson and one quickly figures out that Ohio is really the heart of it all when it comes to the topic of energy production.

Ohio has always been a state where we make things, we ended the 1800s as a state that was known for farming. We ended the 1900s as a state that was known for manufacturing. If we stay on this course we will be known as the state that is known for abundant domestic energy production, as well as a return to manufacturing thanks to that production.

Oh – (IO) and the Best Damn Band In The Land was on hand to play for the crowd today.

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