Bobby Jindal Slams Obama, 'Extremist Left' And Lady Gaga On Energy Policy

FILE - In this Aug. 30, 2013, file photo, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal addresses attendees during the Americans for Prosperity
FILE - In this Aug. 30, 2013, file photo, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal addresses attendees during the Americans for Prosperity Foundation's Defending the American Dream Summit in Orlando, Fla. With no end in sight to the federal government shutdown, Republican governors eyeing the 2016 presidential race are pitching themselves as can-do politicians and highlighting records of achievement. "Republican governors are not going to take it anymore," says Jindal, among those state leaders and potential presidential candidates using the shutdown to try to position themselves as outsiders at a time of voter disgust with Congress and anyone connected with Washington. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) criticized President Barack Obama and the "extremist left" over energy policy during an appearance at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia Tuesday night.

"The bureaucrats at the EPA and in the White House are setting an agenda that threatens the U.S. energy sector, and therefore threatens to stifle the entire American economy," Jindal said, according to The Times Picayune.

Jindal defended the Keystone XL pipeline and the fracking process during his remarks, in which he accused "the extremist left" of fighting "affordable energy."

"They want energy to remain expensive... even when that means a poorer, less secure, America," Jindal said.

The Republican even brought celebrities like Yoko Ono, Richard Gere and Lady Gaga into his argument, blaming them for "touting fact-free Hollywood celebrity-driven campaigns against a technology that has given us energy security and clean-burning energy while lowering emissions of all types."

"Democrats tend to call skeptics of their utopian policies 'Deniers,' but if the Democrats think that Yoko Ono and Lady Gaga should be setting American energy policy, I am happy to go on record denying that it’s a good idea," Jindal said.

According to the National Constitution Center's Constitution Daily, Jindal later said he wasn't trying to “pick on Lady Gaga or the Kardashians" but said he doesn't think it's a “good thing” when celebrities can influence policy decisions or campaigns.

“I think the whole celebrity thing is overdone,” Jindal said.

Read more at The Times Picayune, including the Jindal's prepared remarks in full.

Listen to the podcast of the event below, from Constitution Daily:



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