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WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo) released the following statement in response to President Obama’s address to the nation.  Senator Barrasso is the only Republican to serve on both the Energy and Natural Resources Committee and the Environment and Public Works Committee.

“By addressing the American people from the Oval Office, President Obama underscored the gravity of the crisis in the Gulf of Mexico.  The American people want the government and BP to plug the leak, clean up our coasts and ensure a tragedy like this never happens again.  

“Today is day 57 of this disaster and the Administration now wants a new national energy tax to be part of our nation’s disaster response policy.  The President’s cap and trade plan will do nothing to stop the oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico.  It will do nothing to clean up the spill.  It will do everything to increase energy prices and kill jobs.  I will continue to fight any Washington proposal that would make it more expensive for Americans to power their homes, cars, and businesses.”