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What they said about Obama's State of the Union address

Opinions on the SOU, energy and the US economy from across the industry and political spectrum

"It's unfortunate that the administration seems poised to stifle what remains one of America's strongest job creating industries. The oil and natural gas industry is a key driver of new jobs and economic prosperity. Producing more oil and gas at home, which most Americans want, could create hundreds of thousands of jobs, reduce our deficit by billions and enhance our energy security." API boss Jack Gerard

"We want jobs and then you say you're going to tax the oil industry and that's going to cost you jobs." T Boone Pickens, the 82-year-old tycoon who admitted he slept through much of the speech and woke only after a sharp elbow from his wife – when Obama mentioned energy

"The federal government is simply trying to do too much. Last year, we were told that massive new federal spending would create more jobs 'immediately' and hold unemployment below 8% ... yet the Democratic Congress continues deficit spending, adding to the bureaucracy, and increasing the national debt on our children and grandchildren. The circumstances of our time demand that we reconsider and restore the proper, limited role of government at every level." Bob McDonnell, governor of Virginia, who gave the official Republican response

"His theme last night in the State of the Union was the 'WTF,' you know, 'Winning the Future'. And I thought: 'OK, that acronym, spot on.' There were a lot of WTF moments throughout that speech." Sarah Palin, former governor of Alaska and presidential hopeful

"We are pleased to see the possibility of the first predictable long-term federal policy towards renewable energy. The predictability of the permanent incentives for conventional energy sources is as important as the amounts." Denise Bode, head of the American Wind Energy Association

"There were some great platitudes. But the words didn't always match the comments that move many of us when we talk about getting the economy moving." Representative Scott Tipton, Republican, Colorado

"We heard a blueprint for how to move our country forward by investing in what works and cutting what doesn't. We heard a vision for keeping America a global economic superpower by out-educating, out-innovating and out-building our competition. To get there, we'll have to set aside our differences and reach across the aisle. Republicans have a responsibility to work with us to create jobs instead of wasting time with pointless political stunts." Senate majority leader and Nevada Democrat Harry Reid

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