Videos: Obama’s 2008 campaign fueled by rising gas prices
posted at 10:25 am on February 24, 2012 by Ed Morrissey
Andrew Kaczynski must be Barack Obama’s worst nightmare. While he and Nancy Pelosi try to find scapegoats for rapidly-rising gas prices, the BuzzFeed researcher is making Obama eat his own words … from 2008. When Obama ran for President, he attacked George Bush and John McCain for increased fuel costs and promised an end to reliance on foreign oil in order to bring prices back down.
What gets Obama exercised in this ad? Gas prices have reached — horrors — $3.50 a gallon:
In this brief ad from the Obama GOTV effort Vote For Change, Team Obama urges people to register as Democrats to vote because they only make two gallons of gas an hour:
You know, back then that would have been $7 per hour. By the time this summer rolls around, that could be $12 per hour under Obama’s economic stewardship. Maybe those voters would have been better off to have been paid in gasoline after all.
Andrew has plenty more, but let’s instead focus on Obama’s approach to energy today. Investors Business Daily discovers five whoppers from Obama’s latest speech on energy and on gas-price “myths”:
The White House billed President Obama’s energy policy speech as a response to mounting criticism of record high gas prices. What he delivered was a grab bag of excuses and outright falsehoods.
Obama’s main message to struggling motorists was: It’s not my fault, so stop whining. The speech only got worse from there, recycling excuses and myths that Obama’s peddled for years. But there were some standout whoppers that deserve debunking. The five biggest:
“We’re focused on production.”
Fact: While production is up under Obama, this has nothing to do with his policies, but is the result of permits and private industry efforts that began long before Obama occupied the White House.
CNS News has more on the particulars of that, including just how production fare on the federal lands that the Obama administration does control:
The increase in domestic drilling was almost entirely in areas for which the Obama administration exercised no authority, as oil production on federal land declined by 11 percent in fiscal year 2011, according to a study by the Institute on Energy Research (IER), a free-market energy think tank. But oil production on state lands increased that year by 14 percent and increased by 12 percent on private lands.
“A lot of the wells that were supposed to be drilled weren’t because of the moratorium,” Dan Kish, senior vice president for policy at the IER, told CNSNews.com. “Drilling is up in the U.S. on lands he has no say over. On lands he has all the say over, drilling is down.” …
Obama’s insistence that he supports an “all of the above” strategy for energy production is not evident by his actions, said Jack Gerard, president of the American Petroleum Institute.
“Today, 85 percent of the outer-continental shelf has been placed off limits once again. When he took office, there were proposals on the table to open up opportunities in those areas,” Gerard told CNSNews.com. “Today, in the Rocky Mountains, the leasing has gone down 70 percent since taking office. We now have 10 federal agencies, departments, looking at the technology of hydraulic fracturing, which has really opened up this vast game-changer both in natural gas and oil in the United States.”
He added, “The rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline, the proposed increase in taxes, those are all inconsistent with the verbal message of an all-the-above bring along domestic supply.”
Looks like Obama has a big problem with escalating gas prices, and he’s offering us a lot of gassy misdirection to take our eyes off of his failures.