Lt. Gov.: Ban an attempt to change energy policy
Louisiana's lieutenant governor says President Barack Obama's continued moratorium on deepwater
drilling in the Gulf of Mexico is an attempt to move the United States toward alternative energy at a high economic cost to the state.
During a hearing before the state's two U.S. senators, Republican David Vitter and Democrat Mary Landrieu, Lt. Gov. Scott Angelle criticized the ban as a one-size-fits-all-approach to safety that is having a cascading impact on the economy.
Angelle also said the administration wants to take advantage of the Gulf oil spill to enact a major shift in national energy policy.
The hearing was officially a meeting of the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship.
The only committee members present were Landrieu and Vitter.