Uh oh: Obama calls press conference tomorrow morning to discuss oil prices

posted at 8:44 pm on March 10, 2011 by Allahpundit

Coincidentally, tomorrow is Saudi Arabia’s “day of rage,” a protest weeks in the making on Facebook. It could be sparsely attended or … it could be huge. Guess what’s going to happen to gas prices if tens of thousands turn out and the Kingdom suddenly looks unstable?

So, at 11:15, President Present will try to get out in front of this one and calm people down in case things look bad. The fact that he took the step of scheduling a presser in advance instead of doing something impromptu in the afternoon tells you how high the White House thinks the chances of a big demonstration in Saudi Arabia are.

The White House announced late Thursday that President Obama would address reporters on Friday about rising energy prices.

Administration officials did not preview what Obama would say at the press conference. Over the last few days, the White House has so far not joined calls by Democrats to tap the Strategic Petroleum Reserve for oil in the wake of the unrest in the Middle East, although officials have said the president is considering the idea.

Enjoy the Wisconsin and NPR posts tonight because this news cycle may shift very quickly. The Saudis have been preparing for this for weeks: First they tried to shore up public support with a new package of economic reforms, then they drafted 10,000 troops and deployed them to the Shiite provinces in the east. All protests have been banned, naturally, and for good measure they got the country’s top clerics to issue a fatwa declaring demonstrations un-Islamic. An ominous footnote:

The council called upon the authorities to “do their job in line with the law of the land,” in what seems to be a religious permit to use force against demonstrators.

They’re already using force, actually. At least three people were wounded today in protests in the eastern Shiite part of the country. In another incident, Saudi police fired over the heads of demonstrators when they attacked one of the security agents filming the protest. But violent repression is the norm; what’s unusual is that there are people willing to invite it by turning out in the streets.

But cracks are beginning to show in the repressive atmosphere of fear. Saudi social media has been abuzz about the so-called Arab spring, and online speech has gets bolder by the day, says Fouad Alfarhan, the country’s most prominent cyber activist, who has been jailed in the past for his work. “There is really a high-intensity dialogue,” he says. “People are hoping. People are demanding reforms.”…

The Saudi royalty does have reason to worry. Complaints over government corruption reached a fever pitch earlier this year, when Jeddah saw a repeat of the deadly floods that hit in late 2009 and killed what residents claimed were hundreds of people (the government has admitted to far fewer). An air of uncertainty surrounds the monarchy, with the 87-year-old King Abdullah experiencing health problems and the crown prince—Abdullah’s half-brother, and hardly a spring chicken at 83—in poor health as well. In addition to the petitions, activists last month announced the establishment of a political party, a direct affront to Saudi law, and reported the arrests of many of its founders. Dr. Mohamed Qahtani, a prominent lawyer and activist in Riyadh, says his phone has been ringing off the hook lately with calls from relatives of the scores of people who are imprisoned in the country, who have recently begun to mobilize. “These people are looking for the moment to go out,” he says.

That’s why the White House is worried, and that’s why we’ve quietly moved from a policy of regime change in the region to “regime alteration.” It’s all geared towards protecting our “friends” in Riyadh and preventing the oil apocalypse that would crush America’s economic recovery (not to mention Obama’s reelection chances). In fact, as I said once before, I’m convinced that this is a factor in why The One has been quiet-ish about Libya. He knows the Saudi protests are coming and he doesn’t want to do anything that will commit too boldly to helping scrappy rebels against an oppressive regime. Obama will vote present on revolution in the Kingdom, and a lot of other people will vote with him. Tomorrow — big day. Exit quotation from a Wall Street analyst on today’s Saudi demonstrations and the temporary oil sell-off they inspired: “The stakes just went up in a big way. Even if this was a minor incident, it was a jarring reminder of what could happen there.”


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Four words!
Drill Here! Drill Now!

Gas prices in oil producing countries:

As of July 2010… I couldn’t find any more current data…
http://www.dailyfinance.com/story/gas-prices-around-the-world/19543148/

28. Dubai City, United Arab Emirates $1.57

29. Cairo, Egypt | $1.17

30. Kuwait, City, Kuwait | 85 cents

31. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia | 45 cents

32. Tehran, Iran | 32 cents

33. Caracas, Venezuela | 6 cents
JellyToast on March 10, 2011 at 9:34 PM

Don’t forget about build refineries here, there and everywhere now!!!

darwin-t on March 10, 2011 at 9:39 PM

Smart thing would be to announce he’s approving a whole bunch of drilling permits.

Patrick Ishmael on March 10, 2011 at 8:59 PM
.
Guam will tip over first.

Col.John Wm. Reed on March 10, 2011 at 9:39 PM

The only thing that would make this work is if he announces he’s just signed off on every single permit sitting on Sec. Salazar’s desk for the last year, and is asking Congress to approve drilling in ANWR & the outer continental shelf of Alaska ASAP. That’s the ONLY thing that will make a difference at all.

If he’s half as smart as he thinks he is he’ll stay quiet about green bs and announce he’s submitting to Congress a plan to switch the US to a natural gas centric fleet in 5 years. Those things would allow us to tell all the Middle Eastern jack asses to pound sand. But he’s not visionary or proactive so he won’t do any of those things.

lizzie beth on March 10, 2011 at 9:42 PM

What is the point of calling a press conference? The only helpful thing he could do is say that he’s going to expand domestic oil production. He’s not going to do that, so this press conference is meaningless.

Mark1971 on March 10, 2011 at 8:57 PM

O’Keef has the tapes and da won is going to tell us a soon as they find Joltin Joe the he, da won will resign.
Quick order more hooch and PBR.
The tapes are really good.
.

Col.John Wm. Reed on March 10, 2011 at 9:42 PM

Ya know what’s really weird about this upcoming presser – No trial balloons. Every presser or “big” announcement has been preceded by trial balloons to test the waters – then they tinker with the messaging before the actual event.

batterup on March 10, 2011 at 9:44 PM

For crying out loud, can we increase domestic production already? Hell, he’ll probably talk about money for “green energy” or more of that crap. Ugh

brak on March 10, 2011 at 9:44 PM

With
This
Fool… we are so screwed.

Skandia Recluse on March 10, 2011 at 9:45 PM

price controls part 3?

clement on March 10, 2011 at 9:49 PM

28. Dubai City, United Arab Emirates $1.57

29. Cairo, Egypt | $1.17

30. Kuwait, City, Kuwait | 85 cents

31. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia | 45 cents

32. Tehran, Iran | 32 cents

33. Caracas, Venezuela | 6 cents
JellyToast on March 10, 2011 at 9:34 PM

You could have just gutted me, and put me on a skillet JT. This makes me sick that this nation could have the similar prices, (along with a robust economy), if not for this liberal conquest to eliminate progress. I will post these prices every day until Obama and every Democrat is gone from public office.

Rovin on March 10, 2011 at 9:56 PM

Last act of the Usurper. Completely deplete the strategic reserve, leavin us defenseless and at the mercy of his Muslim bruthas!

He is not one of us, he does not seek to elevate America, he is here to destroy, diminish, divide and conquer.

He has done all he can legislatively now if he can completely diminish the strategic reserve we will be defeated, unable to field an Army, Navy, Air Force for long.

dhunter on March 10, 2011 at 9:58 PM

price controls part 3?
clement on March 10, 2011 at 9:49 PM

Followed by a moral call replete with Biblical references to corporations to raise workers wages to cover the cost of freedom in the Middle East?

Buy Danish on March 10, 2011 at 9:58 PM

Craziness in the Mid-East and new reports of large reserves in the United States, you would think the answer would be obvious, wouldn’t you?
Cindy Munford on March 10, 2011 at 8:53 PM

Yes it is very obvious, we must stop all oil and gas production here in the USA.

free on March 10, 2011 at 10:03 PM

Obama calls press conference tomorrow morning to discuss oil prices

He will probably propose it is time to add a $1.00 per gallon tax on gasoline immediately.

free on March 10, 2011 at 10:06 PM

It’s time for POTUS to announce the appointment of a new energy czar. Introduce Sara and then walk away from the conference like he did with Clinton.

News2Use on March 10, 2011 at 10:07 PM

How long before he announces a symbolic yet ineffective release from the strategic oil reserve?

amerpundit on March 10, 2011 at 8:48 PM

I think if there’s any major announcement tomorrow, it’ll be that. I can’t imagine he’d cave on the drilling ban. At least not yet. Maybe if/when gas tops 5 bucks a gallon.

I’m frankly amazed he’s going on at 11:15 tomorrow. You figure the press conference won’t go more than an hour. That means Rush will be able to devote almost his entire show to trashing Barry’s inevitably lackluster performance(has he ever had a good press conference?).

Doughboy on March 10, 2011 at 10:11 PM

It’s Friday.

Which means after appearing before the unwashed masses, he can take off on another 3 day weekend with zero guilt.

The Ugly American on March 10, 2011 at 10:14 PM

“The stakes just went up in a big way. Even if this was a minor incident, it was a jarring reminder of what could happen there.”

The stakes on our energy independence have been up….only now the needle has moved into the red zone while Obama dithers…..
………..and as usual…
……….liberals put their ideology ahead of country and have made the situation worse for us.

Their pipe dream of running America on rainbows and Unicorn farts has led to major shutdowns and obstruction of the natural resources(oil,gas,coal) that could have shielded us from this Mid-East nightmare.

It’s not like no one saw this coming….
……Osama stated years ago that his main goal was to take over the oil distribution in Saudi Arabia and other countries so that he could bring the west to it’s knees.

If we had started cultivating these resources here when liberals were yelling “it’s not going to help….it will take 10 years to have an effect”….then we would not have the petroleum guns to our heads like we do now.

But Obama and the democrats chose instead to feed their environmentalist lobbyist friends subsidies and influence that has produced little to nothing to help power this Nation beyond helping fill Obama’s campaign coffers.

Now Obama is going to get in front of the Nation and whine about how this problem is “out of his control” and proves how much we need to get off of “our addiction to oil”.

Unfortunately,the intelligent adults who have stated over and over and over about how we need to utilize “all our resources” until the free market dictates which resources will take the lead…falls on deaf ears and is drowned out by the “Green Energy” chants coming from the eco-fundamentalist.

It just was not enough that democrats have destroyed some of the most productive states in our country like California and New York……there blind adherence to their failed ideology combined with the power that a filibuster Congress brings is now bringing the whole country to it’s knees…..
………….Thanks for the “Hope and Change” idiots….

Baxter Greene on March 10, 2011 at 10:15 PM

Barry should tell the truth and admit that gas prices are just about where he wants them.

Well, maybe a little higher. Say around $5/gallon.

GarandFan on March 10, 2011 at 10:16 PM

I expect Barry to impose a 10% surcharge on all fuel products.

And to claim that this “Wiser Use” model will 1) help pay down the deficit, 2) encourage smarter fossil fuel use, 3) fund alternative energy efforts, and 4) bankroll a foregone conclusions study on high speed rail.

The public will have to suffer for O’s dogmatic fixation.

He wants Utopia, not Goodenufia.

Look for something calamitously delusional to come out of his smug yap tomorrow.

profitsbeard on March 10, 2011 at 10:16 PM

He will say renewable energy and green jobs and future at least 20 times each. Then gas will hit 5 dollars a gallon in April. All is well.

Rambotito on March 10, 2011 at 10:16 PM

Scheduled before Rush comes on and could JIP/comment on it live. Barry is learning…except if he had done it at 1500, Rush could not comment until Monday.

Dingbat63 on March 10, 2011 at 10:33 PM

What makes anyone think he is jumping ahead of the Saudi uprising? Clapper has just now informed him how to think about the Libyan uprising and that’s what he planned to talk about.

Oleta on March 10, 2011 at 10:35 PM

Press conference? More like a slobberfest. He only gets pre-arranged questions.
Maybe he’ll get generous and allow oil companies to apply for permits. What he won’t tell us is that those applications will never get approved.

You guys should one of barky’s pictures where he is giving us the finger.

lonestar1 on March 10, 2011 at 10:35 PM

Baxter Greene on March 10, 2011 at 10:15 PM

Hell of a post BG—fire and brimstone!

Rovin on March 10, 2011 at 10:36 PM

In 2008, the Dims said that we couldn’t drill because it would take 12 years to get the oil out of the ground.

That’s BS – but let’s pretend they were right about that. If we had started drilling then – we’d be down to 8 years now.

But instead – we’re still sitting in the starting gate.

HondaV65 on March 10, 2011 at 10:37 PM

I just saw this article about E15. That’s what he is going to shoehorn in. That he is a genius and he has things under control…we’ll all be using E15 by summer.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/03/10/us-usa-epa-ethanol-idUSTRE7298EC20110310?feedType=RSS&feedName=GCA-GreenBusiness&rpc=43

Of course corn prices are going to necessarily skyrocket.

r keller on March 10, 2011 at 10:42 PM

Welcome to California

There’s not ONE STATION in this county that is under $4 bucks a gallon. But we’re a “trucker-free” zone and have our fuel barged in so the environmentalist can enjoy our highways. When the rest of the nation hits around $4.30 in the next few weeks, we’ll be at $5.00. Obama should be very worried if he thinks fuel prices could/should bury his re-election chances. No Democratic President has been re-elected without the 55 electoral votes from the Golden State. 14% real unemployment should be his real concern but Obama doesn’t seem to care about jobs. Neither does Jerry Brown for that matter. Greek pillars weakening?

Rovin on March 10, 2011 at 9:18 PM

California’s not going to happen for Republicans. It’s lost. I expect the primary nominees will ignore it as usual. If they can choose Moonbat Brown Part Deux over anyone else there’s no hope for a Republican presidential candidate.

slickwillie2001 on March 10, 2011 at 10:42 PM

He’s going to announce that, “In order to prevent further atrocities in the Middle West, we are invading Wisconsin.”

justltl on March 10, 2011 at 11:08 PM

He’s also going to announce that he is a complete fraud and imbecile who has no clue how he got elected President.
And that his wife has the largest ass east of the Brazos.

justltl on March 10, 2011 at 11:13 PM

Might he try to seize a few oil industries?

JellyToast on March 10, 2011 at 11:14 PM

THE WRECKING BALL….

..Vegas Tourism.

..Stimulus spending designed to set up states with programs they can’t fund after a year or two that will set the stage for the states to face Bankruptcy and a Federal takeover.

..Overspending by the Feds.

..Jobs.

..Housing Sector.

..Healthcare industry.

..Energy industry.

..Cap’n Crunch.

..What next?

Friday is a new day.

PappyD61 on March 10, 2011 at 11:17 PM

Economists are saying that at $140 a barrel, there will be a double dip and Obama will be a one term Pres**ent.

J_Crater on March 10, 2011 at 11:17 PM

I just got an inside tip…

He’s announcing a new czar. “The Gas is Too Damn High Czar”

Indian Outlaw on March 10, 2011 at 11:18 PM

Will just be more calls to “green energy…windmills! Solar panels!! Oh and oil companies are evil.”

spaninq on March 10, 2011 at 11:19 PM

FIRST QUESTION:

“Mr. President some would say your opening statement sounded a bit like a bully with regard to the Oil Companies and how you spoke about them”.

“Some would also argue your use of Organizing for America in Wisconsin was you trying to bully a duly elected State Government. What would you say to that Mr. President?”

“Uhhhhhhh, well let me be clear……………..”

PappyD61 on March 10, 2011 at 11:20 PM

preventing the oil apocalypse

Apacalyps must be SLICK in all he does. But you’ll never “prevent” him from speaking truth, and guarding truth. His mission is clear… is yours? BTW just a little warning. Never say NO to Apacalyps… seriously, don’t! Saying no to Apacalyps is like saying no to Panda. Don’t you even THINK about it! Cause if you do? Bad things will happen… BAD things. PANDA APACALYPS will Get YOU!

apacalyps on March 10, 2011 at 11:22 PM

Hell of a post BG—fire and brimstone!

Rovin on March 10, 2011 at 10:36 PM

Hey..remember this:

The smartest people in the room:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOdysANCQUM&feature=related

Don’t worry about your gas or mortgage….Obama has it all taken care of.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P36x8rTb3jI&feature=related

Obama’s plan
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbblqyDNSlM&NR=1

…I have no confidence what-so-ever that Obama is going to offer any credible solutions at all tomorrow….he doesn’t have any.

Baxter Greene on March 10, 2011 at 11:24 PM

Gosh, you think if we had done this a little over 2 years ago we’d be paying $4.00 for a gallon of gas?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8QCX_b9ZMU

DRILL BABY DRILL!!!!

PappyD61 on March 10, 2011 at 11:25 PM

ALLLLAAAAAAAHUUUUUUUU VOTE PRESENT!

ALLLLAAAAAAAHUUUUUUUU VOTE PRESENT!

Bin Laden and the Chinese must be laughing their tee hinies off.

How did they get so lucky? Oh, wait….

victor82 on March 10, 2011 at 11:25 PM

I just hope that he doesn’t announce OSU as his pick to win the NCAA tournament.

You have to set your “expectation of anything good coming out of this clown’s mouth” bar pretty low with Barry.

justltl on March 10, 2011 at 11:34 PM

The gas prices are high because Barry is in bed with big oil.The congress needs to investigate immediately.

BruceB on March 10, 2011 at 11:37 PM

Ya know what’s really weird about this upcoming presser – No trial balloons. Every presser or “big” announcement has been preceded by trial balloons to test the waters – then they tinker with the messaging before the actual event.

batterup on March 10, 2011 at 9:44 PM

Maybe he’s gonna send Sheila Jackson Lee out to kiss*ss on Big Oil. Well, all except BP of course.

txhsmom on March 10, 2011 at 11:39 PM

“My fellow Americans… I’d like to introduce my new Energy Czar…. Charlie Sheen.”

viking01 on March 10, 2011 at 11:41 PM

His halo seems to be turning brown lately, like everything else he touches.

slickwillie2001 on March 10, 2011 at 11:47 PM

this will be a dud. everyone knows it is coming so steps have been made to make sure it doesn’t happen.

unseen on March 10, 2011 at 11:57 PM

see this is called stage craft. Obama knows there will not be a protest. The event will be a dud and Obama will give a press conference and look like magic the oil price that was dropping due to the protest being a dud will on the nightly news be referred as Obama getting the oil price to drop…

It’s a set up people I’ll bet money on it

unseen on March 11, 2011 at 12:14 AM

Dear President Obama:

The solution is domestic energy development. Not windmills and unicorn farts and other renewable fantasies, but real stuff – oil, gas, nuclear.

We know you’re not part of the solution, and as they used to say, if you’re not part of the solution you’re part of the problem.

JEM on March 11, 2011 at 12:45 AM

He will announce that we should thank him for $5/gal gas (and unaffordable heating oil costs} as it’s good for global warming. And never mind that windmill/solar electricity costs more than double what coal/natural gas electricity costs today. The problem is not high energy costs. The problem is we don’t know what’s good for us. And if high energy costs throw the economy back into free fall, it’s Bush’s fault.

[Grrrr...]

petefrt on March 11, 2011 at 1:05 AM

Maxine Waters on the Oil Industry

What will be the result of five dollar plus gasoline?

Do we really want to just watch while the numbers climb ever higher or does firing up our own production seem like a fairly good idea?

Speakup on March 11, 2011 at 1:31 AM

Start buying sweater futures.

Chuck Schick on March 11, 2011 at 1:34 AM

OT:

8.8 quake off Japan. Tsunami warning for Pacific. Possible 20 feet.

Yoop on March 11, 2011 at 1:39 AM

Enormous oil refinery fire with continuing explosions, east of Tokyo, looks like it may never be contained. Obama probably won’t know about it when he rolls out of bed to give his speech this morning.
.
Awful videos of flooding from tsunamis are horrible. Tsunami warnings in 19 other countries, including Guam. God help the poor people of Japan and other areas that may be affected by this tremendous force of nature.
.

Guam will tip over first.
Col.John Wm. Reed on March 10, 2011 at 9:39 PM

.
Col.John Wm. Reed, “Uh-oh…”

NightmareOnKStreet on March 11, 2011 at 3:35 AM

The only thing he could say that would encourage businesses and help save the economy is the one thing he will NEVER say; “Drill Baby Drill.” And that’s why we need Palin for President.

Done That on March 11, 2011 at 5:28 AM

Energy Prices Soar–

Obama: “I love it when a plan comes together.”

tpitman on March 11, 2011 at 6:08 AM

But heaven forbid we drill in our own waters/land, right?

Nothing this man will say today will be truthful. He WANTS high energy prices. He WANTS people to be economically crushed so we have to rely on government subsidies to pay for basic necessities. He WANTS a system where there are elites (himself and his political allies) and the poor — the middle class is anathema to the left.

He’s going to screw this up, too. He won’t drill here, so expect $5 or $6 gallon for gas by summer. More if the Middle East keeps blowing up like this.

I’m so sick of him. 2012 cannot get here fast enough. And maybe I’ll suck it up for a year and pay more for gas if it means this loser won’t get reelected to further destroy this nation.

I hope you regret electing him, America. WE warned you.

englishqueen01 on March 11, 2011 at 6:26 AM

It will be all Japan Quake news, no tough questions.

PappyD61 on March 11, 2011 at 7:20 AM

At NRO, Conrad Black offered a withering criticism of the ObaMao administration after 26 months of its utter destruction. Two paragraphs of note follow:

The current-account deficit, which is inching back upwards toward its heights under the stratospheric innumeracy of George W. at $800 billion, is influenced most directly by the importation of foreign oil, and is thus closely bound to energy policy and the environment. It is hard to be sure if the administration has tacitly acknowledged that the global-warming alarm was a fraud, or is still padding furtively around, trying to pretend that its hour of “settled science” will come again. President Obama does not still seem to be trying to raise a $100 billion annual self-pauperization fund to pay to Mugabe and Chávez and Sudan’s genocidal Omar al-Bashir, to atone for the economic progress of the advanced countries. But the bovine-spongiform lunacies of cap-and-trade and mass-subsidized windmill construction are still being pushed through the Environmental Protection Agency by executive fiat.

We are still on the same shaming treadmill. Countries that finance almost all the extremist Muslim activities lower the oil price at the appearance of a freshet of American purposefulness, and raise it again when America sinks back into its petro-torpor. The administration, still reeling from the BP oil spill, refuses to open up offshore activity, incentivize a sizeable move to natural gas, or reduce imports by raising the price through taxes, which, as long as it were combined with other measures, would be a justifiable current-account- and budget-deficit-reduction measure, as well as a national-security move that has been overdue since shortly after Richard Nixon (it is disturbing how current events put one in mind of the least salubrious aspects of the Nixon administration) proclaimed Operation Independence, to reduce energy imports in 1973 and the nation rushed to impeach him instead.

onlineanalyst on March 11, 2011 at 7:35 AM

Word is he plans to turn the mike over to Animal House’s very own Chip Diller, while Obama goes out to scoop the poop or something.

pilamaye on March 11, 2011 at 8:20 AM

Carter = rationing gas = gas lines

Obama = rationing gas = gas lines????

stenwin77 on March 11, 2011 at 8:27 AM

Can “malaise” be far behind?

stenwin77 on March 11, 2011 at 8:27 AM

It will be all Japan Quake news, no tough questions.

PappyD61 on March 11, 2011 at 7:20 AM

Yeah, too bad. Saved by the bell, one more time.

What’s going on in Saudi land today. It’s hard to find news on anything other than the quake.

petefrt on March 11, 2011 at 8:28 AM

GWB really dropped the ball on this. Remember, he promised to do more drilling… but, alas, his Presidential Library became more important (thanks to the Saudi promised donations).

Just think where we might be right now if he’d begun increased drilling 10 years ago.

stenwin77 on March 11, 2011 at 8:30 AM

Announcing that he will now allow wider drilling in the Gulf won’t help much in the near term.

The rigs are already gone.

It’s not cheap to let those things sit out in the ocean. Energy companies have no choice but to move them to somewhere where they can produce.

bitsy on March 11, 2011 at 8:32 AM

Gas prices are high. I like it. Get over it. Love, President Pantywaist.

kingsjester on March 11, 2011 at 8:41 AM

My gut feeling is that his statement as a candidate “he doesn’t oppose high gas prices, they just rose too fast” is still his course of action. Get ready for 3 top reasons we can’t drill in the gulf, Anwar, or open the S.O.R. We must support the fledgling democratic movement in the middle east so we will play “Waldo where are you?” and make electric cars and Green Energy. Moosehell needs a new hand bag.

Herb on March 11, 2011 at 9:05 AM

“Just words…? Just speeches…?”

Akzed on March 11, 2011 at 9:09 AM

It is Bush’s fault…I will try to correct it…btw, I won…

right2bright on March 11, 2011 at 9:11 AM

Just think where we might be right now if he’d begun increased drilling 10 years ago.

stenwin77 on March 11, 2011 at 8:30 AM

I think about that all the time…every time something like this happens, I hear a “Any thing we do, won’t resolve the problem at hand, any drilling would take years to put into place and be productive”…heard that from Carter 30 years ago.

right2bright on March 11, 2011 at 9:14 AM

Start drilling here, now. And, start building new nuclear power plants and refineries. We can no longer depend on our addiction to middle eastern oil.

………….in Saudi Arabia all that really needs to be done is for all the women to get in a car and start driving. That alone would bring down the government and the imams would all have heart attack

SC.Charlie on March 11, 2011 at 9:21 AM

I think about that all the time…every time something like this happens, I hear a “Any thing we do, won’t resolve the problem at hand, any drilling would take years to put into place and be productive”…heard that from Carter 30 years ago. – right2bright on March 11, 2011 at 9:14 AM

When I think about it, it boils my blood. The NIMBY attitude about this problem is horrible, along with the politicians unwillingness to force the issue. Just like entitlements, they keep kicking the can down the road. Well, we are at the end of the f..king road, idiots.

SC.Charlie on March 11, 2011 at 9:27 AM

Just think where we might be right now if he’d begun increased drilling 10 years ago.

stenwin77 on March 11, 2011 at 8:30 AM

That’s crazy talk! Don’t you remember how the libs kept saying there was no point in drilling because it would take at least 10-15 years before the oils could hit the markets? Oh wait… that means… gosh…. just think where we might be right now if he’d begun drilling 10 years ago!

(actually.. Sarah Palin said it would only take about 3 years or so. Also, the moment the US would make the decision to drill, prices would fall that day since it would effect the markets immediately!)

JellyToast on March 11, 2011 at 9:29 AM

Why do I feel that life is better when Obama is away golfing?

Roy Rogers on March 11, 2011 at 9:36 AM

Whatever his words are.. here will be their real meaning:

“I am god. You are not. I must have more power for myself. I must have more control over your lives. You must have less control over your lives. I am god. You are not.”

JellyToast on March 11, 2011 at 9:37 AM

You could have just gutted me, and put me on a skillet JT. This makes me sick that this nation could have the similar prices, (along with a robust economy), if not for this liberal conquest to eliminate progress. I will post these prices every day until Obama and every Democrat is gone from public office.

Rovin on March 10, 2011 at 9:56 PM

Those prices are obtained largely through price controls and state granted or owned monopolies. As well, the farther down that list you go the more oppressive the government is likely to be. Venezuela is something of an exception in comparison to Iran and such but it’s still fairly oppressive and 6 cents a gallon suggests massive state subsidies to help quiet the populace and keep them controllable.

dieudonne on March 11, 2011 at 9:38 AM

A few years ago, people were shrieking that it was Bush’s fault that gas prices are rising. How come Obama isn’t being held to the same standard? I know, I know.

$3.59 last night here in Louisville

KyMouse on March 11, 2011 at 9:39 AM

As we speak, Exxon is moving really big equipment across Montana to a refinery at Billings. It will increase the capacity there. Of course, it won’t happen right away. Construction is necessary and the first shipment on 2 trucks only moves at night. It took them 2 years to get the permits, and had to fight the greenies in court all the way. They are the impediment to our getting our own oil.

Kissmygrits on March 11, 2011 at 9:59 AM

Whatever his words are.. here will be their real meaning:

“I am god. You are not. I must have more power for myself. I must have more control over your lives. You must have less control over your lives. I am god. You are not.”

JellyToast on March 11, 2011 at 9:37 AM

You know the difference between barack and God don’t you?

God doesn’t go around thinking He is barack.

DuctTapeMyBrain on March 11, 2011 at 10:20 AM

Anonymous source close to TOTUS leaked the speech:

let be be clear… blah blah blah … green energy…blah blah… green jobs… blah blah… sustainable… blah blah…as I have always said… blah blah blah…

hillbillyjim on March 11, 2011 at 10:32 AM

I keep telling yous’guys, we can’t drill here now, because GW and Barry sent all the rigs overseas, there are very few here to drill now due to over regulating the Gulf under Bush and the Ban under Barry. All the deep water rigs are on multi-year contracts in other countries, sometimes contracted to the country itself like Petrobras or Pemex, so we just can’t ask Shell or BP to please move the rig back. We have been sold out, both traitors to our National Welfare.

rgranger on March 11, 2011 at 10:34 AM

President Obama today blamed President Bush…

Just walk away Barack…

Roy Rogers on March 11, 2011 at 2:55 PM

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