Hey, remember when high gas prices were all Bush’s fault?

posted at 3:00 pm on March 24, 2012 by Tina Korbe

It’s no surprise at all, but still worth a comment that the media have a double standard on the issue of gas prices, just as they do on the issue of civility and countless other issues. On “Your World with Neil Cavuto” yesterday, the Media Research Center’s Tim Graham outlined the differences between media coverage of high gas prices under George W. Bush and gas prices under Barack Obama. Bet you can guess which president received more leniency!

This really isn’t a hard or complicated issue to understand. A wide variety of factors contribute to the price of gas. The president doesn’t have control over all of them — but he does have significant control over energy policy in the United States and energy policy is one of the factors that contributes to the price of gas. It makes sense, for example, that if oil and natural gas companies have to pay more in regulatory compliance costs, they will price their products to compensate for the increase in regulatory compliance costs.

Does it make sense to place all the blame for high gas prices on the president? No — but neither does it make sense to excuse him, as though he has nothing to do with them. He should be held accountable for the policies he has put in place. As I’ve written repeatedly, nowhere are the president’s crony capitalistic tendencies more in evidence than in his energy policy. He rewards his preferred providers and punishes his least favorite. Caught in the middle of that is the consumer, who, under luxurious circumstances, surely cares about the environment, but, in tight times, cares most about affordability.

If consumers look at high gas prices and at the president’s energy policy and decide they’d rather have a leader who treats all companies fairly or who expands energy production (production is down to a nine-year low on federal lands!), that’s perfectly valid. No point screaming at them, “But it’s not the president’s fault!” The president has to take responsibility for the fact that things are better or worse than when he took office according to the wisdom and soundness — or lack thereof — of his policies.

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Someone wiser than me help me out here. The price of oil is pegged to the value of the dollar correct? And until the dollar recovers the price of oil will remain high. The dollar will not recover until all of the “printed money” distributed by the is “Den of Thieves” are reined in we will be dealing with current pricing.
If I’m off base I would appreciate reasoned responses from those who weren’t educated in R.L.

Rio Linda Refugee on March 24, 2012 at 5:39 PM

s.b this “Den of Thieves”

Rio Linda Refugee on March 24, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Do you know that the VOLT was designed long before Obama became president? Do you know it’s considered the car of the year in Europe and by many analyst in the US?

0bamaderangementsyndrom on March 24, 2012 at 5:03 PM

And for the enjoyment of the viewing public, I present a list of former “Car of the Year” winnners.

That’s right, the Chevrolet Obamavolt is in such fine company as the Chevrolet Corvair, Vega, and Citation, as well as the Dodge Aspen/Plymouth Volare and the Renault Alliance, all of which were considered the “Car of the Year”.

Baraka the Talking Point king is making his Obama Youth look even more stupid by the minute.

northdallasthirty on March 24, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Do you know it’s considered the car of the year in Europe

0bamaderangementsyndrom on March 24, 2012 at 5:03 PM

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OH BTW! I wanted to address this little gem from your Øblama-love rant… Europe is the continent that is in limbo because five (5) countries are in debt so deep they may have to default on repayment. Europe is the continent now mourning the deaths of seven (7) innocent Jews at the hands of a despicable, barbaric, ideological, social-justice Muslim rat who had been living at the expense of the toil and labor of tax-paying French people. Europe is the continent now under siege by Muslims on a daily basis as they bleed the place dry before setting it ablaze, as they did in France last year.
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There is so much wrong with Europe that the opinions of a few elite car buffs and coddled engineers and designers mean nothing. Nada. Zilch. Zero. Zed. It’s as if Øblama picked a Final Four bracket and the selections tanked the brackets for everyone, which they did. Ø and Europe: losers together in the effort to be relevant.

ExpressoBold on March 24, 2012 at 5:47 PM

0bamaderangementsyndrom on March 24, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Volt is out of production and it’s buyers made 170k per year. So you think we should be taxed to buy cars for the top 1%. Is that your position? There is a very small amount of Lithium for these cars as well far less than oil or Natural Gas. It also must be imported as America has very little lithium.

Besides a Volt uses coal. I mean really it burns coal to generate the electricity that powers it. Seems backwards to me. It produces more polution than any gasoline car.

We should be using CNG for all vehicles in America. It is plentiful and cheap and very low emisions.

Steveangell on March 24, 2012 at 5:48 PM

You can buy a Cruise for one half the price, and drive it as much as you like for 20 years and it will still be less expensive to own and operate when compared to the Reichsmobile, the Volt.

Are you in high school little one? You think snapshots tell a story?

tom daschle concerned on March 24, 2012 at 5:51 PM

January 21, 1957: Edsel GM Richard Krafve predicts:

“The new Edsel line of cars will surpass the originally announced first-year sales goal of 200,000 units.”

January 15, 1957: Sales goal for model year 1958 was set at 200,000 cars.

July 31, 1957: Month-end production totals: 3729 units

August 31, 1957: Month-end production totals: 19876 units

September 4, 1957: E Day. The Edsel was finally introduced to the public after months of secrecy.

September 30, 1957: Month-end production totals: 18815 units

October 31, 1957: Month-end production totals: 7566 units

November 21, 1957: Edsel dealers were shown a promotional telecast from the home office, with Mr. Ford stating “Gentleman, the Edsel is here to stay!”

November 30, 1957: Month-end production totals: 2483 units

December 31, 1957: Month-end production totals: 2138 units

January 31, 1959: Month-end production totals: 5880 units

February 28, 1959: Month-end production totals: 3819 units

March 31, 1959: Month-end production totals: 4035 units

April 25, 1959: M-E-L management reluctantly decided to go forward with the 1960 model Edsel.

April 30, 1959: Month-end production totals: 4031 units

May 31, 1959: Month-end production totals: 2959 units

June 30, 1959: Month-end production totals: 2575 units

July 31, 1959: Month-end production totals: 1971 units

August 31, 1959: Month-end production totals: 1561 units

September 30, 1959: Month-end production totals: 889 units

October 15, 1959: The 1960 Edsel models were introduced to the public.

October 31, 1959: Month-end production totals: 1767 units

November 19, 1959: Ford Motor Company discontinued the Edsel.

November 21, 1959: The last Edsel magazine ad appeared, in the Saturday Evening Post.

November 30, 1959: Month-end production totals: 190 units

Sounds like the Obama Volt. Actually, the Edsel did better than the Volt.

Resist We Much on March 24, 2012 at 5:57 PM

Do you know it’s considered the car of the year in Europe…

0bamaderangementsyndrom on March 24, 2012 at 5:03 PM

According to the Lundberg Survey, the price of a gallon of gas would need to rise to $12.50 before the Volt would be cost-effective for consumers.

Good luck with that!

Resist We Much on March 24, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Funny how everything was always Bush’s fault even after he was long gone from office, but when gas prices went up under Ofabricator’s watch the excuses were well, the president doesn’t control the gas prices. So what is it dumbmass libturd lefties? Can’t have it both ways, hard as y’all try. Hmmm, guess it isn’t, guess it wasn’t ever Bush’s fault after all.

But Oblabbermouth gets the blame for allowing the bad policies to prevail, for being in contempt of court when he didn’t issue those drilling permits last year and still ignoring the court order, for blabbing that he wanted gas prices to rise, for babbling that he was going to make the situation better, and then for LYING through his teeth about all of it. That, Mr. Prezuhdunce, is what your culpability in this is–for being a blubbering, bs-ing fool.

stukinIL4now on March 24, 2012 at 6:07 PM

According to the Lundberg Survey, the price of a gallon of gas would need to rise to $12.50 before the Volt would be cost-effective for consumers.

That’s what Mr. Chu, The Emperor, and the envroNAZIs want, right? So by their thinking(?) the VOLT is a howling success. Beside that, it’s so much easier to control a population if you can restrict their movements.

oldleprechaun on March 24, 2012 at 6:07 PM

the Edsel did better than the Volt.

And it continued for two years (1960-1961) as the Mercury Comet.

crosspatch on March 24, 2012 at 6:12 PM

My Mom had a 1961 Comet S22

Like this one in the second picture on this page. Same color, too:

http://www.usaraud.ee/?id=11_31_32_198

crosspatch on March 24, 2012 at 6:16 PM

FYI and I’m sure you know this: Detroit makes other cars besides the volt.

0bamaderangementsyndrom on March 24, 2012 at 6:17 PM

Would it come as a shock to you if I said Detroit makes other cars besides the volt?

0bamaderangementsyndrom on March 24, 2012 at 6:18 PM

You don’t say!

Resist We Much on March 24, 2012 at 6:21 PM

FYI and I’m sure you know this: Detroit makes other cars besides the volt.

0bamaderangementsyndrom on March 24, 2012 at 6:17 PM

But Obama says anyone who buys anything other than a Volt is stupid and should be punished.

Of course, the imbecile Obama doesn’t intend to follow his own rules. He’s just the usual pathetic deranged liar like you.

northdallasthirty on March 24, 2012 at 6:23 PM

Ofabricator

stukinIL4now on March 24, 2012 at 6:07 PM

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I like that one!

ExpressoBold on March 24, 2012 at 6:26 PM

FYI and I’m sure you know this: Detroit makes other cars besides the volt.

0bamaderangementsyndrom on March 24, 2012 at 6:17 PM

Would it come as a shock to you if I said Detroit makes other cars besides the volt?

0bamaderangementsyndrom on March 24, 2012 at 6:18 PM

Wow, dood now you are getting all existentially.

tom daschle concerned on March 24, 2012 at 6:34 PM

FYI and I’m sure you know this: Detroit makes other cars besides the volt.

0bamaderangementsyndrom on March 24, 2012 at 6:17 PM

Would it come as a shock to you if I said Detroit makes other cars besides the volt?

0bamaderangementsyndrom on March 24, 2012 at 6:18 PM

Translated: “I just had my getalife kicked to the Equator and back!”

Del Dolemonte on March 24, 2012 at 6:35 PM

Your guy Bush wrecked the country

0bamaderangementsyndrom on March 24, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Which is why your guy kept so many of his policies in place.

The IQ count is not very high with this one.

Del Dolemonte on March 24, 2012 at 6:36 PM

FYI and I’m sure you know this: Detroit makes other cars besides the volt.

0bamaderangementsyndrom on March 24, 2012 at 6:17 PM

Would it come as a shock to you if I said Detroit makes other cars besides the volt?

0bamaderangementsyndrom on March 24, 2012 at 6:18 PM

Um.. Axe? Mitchell just said you need to report to her office for your daily beating.

/DWS-n-Joe

::: We’re praying for you Axeldouche::::

Key West Reader on March 24, 2012 at 6:37 PM

High gas prices are both their faults, and their respective parties in the congress and Greenspan and Bernanke at the FR. Bush and Republicans, however, gave Obama and the Democrats the open to further increase spending, regulation, and the inflation responsible for higher prices.

rickv404 on March 24, 2012 at 6:37 PM

0bamaderangementsyndrom on March 24, 2012 at 5:03 PM

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Move to Europe and take your pre-Ø VOLT with you…

ExpressoBold on March 24, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Actually I’m positive this one doesn’t even live in the US to begin with.

Del Dolemonte on March 24, 2012 at 6:38 PM

Translated: “I just had my getalife kicked to the Equator and back!”

Del Dolemonte on March 24, 2012 at 6:35 PM

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*** SNORT *** LULZ

ExpressoBold on March 24, 2012 at 6:41 PM

High gas prices are both their faults, and their respective parties in the congress and Greenspan and Bernanke at the FR. Bush and Republicans, however, gave Obama and the Democrats the open to further increase spending, regulation, and the inflation responsible for higher prices.

rickv404 on March 24, 2012 at 6:37 PM

Harry, change your diaper.

Love,
Nanzi

White House Monitoring Threads

Key West Reader on March 24, 2012 at 6:44 PM

0bamaderangementsyndrom on March 24, 2012 at 5:03 PM

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Move to Europe and take your pre-Ø VOLT with you…

ExpressoBold on March 24, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Actually I’m positive this one doesn’t even live in the US to begin with.

Del Dolemonte on March 24, 2012 at 6:38 PM

A true buckeye, right here in Ohio, thank you very much.

0bamaderangementsyndrom on March 24, 2012 at 6:55 PM

The IQ count is not very high with this one.

Del Dolemonte on March 24, 2012 at 6:36 PM

…Two brain cells in that wide expanse…and even they can/t find each other!

KOOLAID2 on March 24, 2012 at 6:56 PM

A true buckeye, right here in Ohio, thank you very much.

0bamaderangementsyndrom on March 24, 2012 at 6:55 PM

…and still enjoying the Log Ride… at Cedar Point!
(for those of you not from the area…it closed a year or two ago.)

KOOLAID2 on March 24, 2012 at 7:02 PM

Another good Hot Air article!

DaMav on March 24, 2012 at 7:03 PM

A true buckeye, right here in Ohio, thank you very much.

0bamaderangementsyndrom on March 24, 2012 at 6:55 PM

This actually happened: I rented a car for an across the State case. Mind you, it is not THAT far. They gave me a volt. I was like, “really”? Yes, they were serious.

Bottom line. I’d rather die in a golf cart on interstate 4 between Tampa and Orlando after being crushed by an oncoming truck that jumped a guardrail and came right through my Chevy Dold Windshield (approved by Steven Chu_). And after that, I’d catch on fire and burn to death on the crappy side of the highway in a ditch filled with duck doo.

No, I’ll never buy a Chevy Dolt. Deal with it you fairy.

Key West Reader on March 24, 2012 at 7:06 PM

Del Dolemonte on March 24, 2012 at 6:36 PM

Hello. How are you?

There is a debate as to whether our POTUS wanted high gas prices. It kinda makes sense if you want to fight global warming but your alternative cars cost twice as much to keep rolling and run like soggy, rotten potatoes that gasoline get more costly.

Right?

Now any pol is not going to make a remark like “skyrocketing electric rates” every day. Even with a media as warped as anything this side of Josef Stalin, you can’t do that.

Well, here is our beloved President, successor to President Lincoln, talking about soaring energy costs.

Note that Dems start screaming “LIAR! HE DID NOT SAY THAT!”

To which the response is really he did. Or at minimum, he sure did not say “Heck NO! We don’t want higher prices for gas or energy! Are you crazy?”

http://www.dcjunkies.com/showthread.php?t=29626

IlikedAUH2O on March 24, 2012 at 7:12 PM

P. S. Krugman in a recent NYT article, Paranoia Runs Deep attacks Mitt for claiming that dear President Obama wanted, or is responsible for, high gas prices. Dr. Krugman thinks we are nuts. They are getting desperate. End the primary battle and air the issues.

IlikedAUH2O on March 24, 2012 at 7:20 PM

No, I’ll never buy a Chevy Dolt. Deal with it you fairy.

Key West Reader on March 24, 2012 at 7:06 PM

I’m shocked that a car-rental company would buy Chevy Volts. Where do they expect customers to recharge it?

Maybe the feddle gummint made them an offer they couldn’t refuse?

slickwillie2001 on March 24, 2012 at 7:28 PM

I recall Bush’s “jobless recovery,” too. Don’t hear that phrase much these days.

Wethal on March 24, 2012 at 3:12 PM

I remember when 5% unemployment rates were a sign that the apocalypse was upon us. Those were the days, huh?

JannyMae on March 24, 2012 at 7:40 PM

Key West Reader on March 24, 2012 at 7:06 PM

A true tea party PATRIOT you are, as you were sir.

0bamaderangementsyndrom on March 24, 2012 at 7:43 PM

No, I’ll never buy a Chevy Dolt. Deal with it you fairy.

Key West Reader on March 24, 2012 at 7:06 PM

I’m shocked that a car-rental company would buy Chevy Volts. Where do they expect customers to recharge it?

Maybe the feddle gummint made them an offer they couldn’t refuse?

slickwillie2001 on March 24, 2012 at 7:28 PM

Volt runs on electric and gas! I wish you knew more about what you comment on.

0bamaderangementsyndrom on March 24, 2012 at 7:44 PM

Volt runs on electric and gas! I wish you knew more about what you comment on.

0bamaderangementsyndrom on March 24, 2012 at 7:44 PM

Really? I thought it ran on Unicorn farts and Skittles!

Thanks for clearing that up! Seriously!!!

Roy Rogers on March 24, 2012 at 7:55 PM

If you are going to rent out Chevy Volts with no way to recharge them, you might as well take out that useless battery and drive it around that way. The downside is that you’ve just paid $40,000 for a homemade Chevy Cruze.

That stinks, it should be looked into. I wonder if the rental company got stimulus money to buy them?

slickwillie2001 on March 24, 2012 at 8:01 PM

pfft. choir preaching.
Will this show up on the Sunday shows?
You know, to make a dent in this canard?

mickytx on March 24, 2012 at 8:23 PM

Volt runs on electric and gas then they catch fire and burn up! I wish you knew more about what you comment on.

0bamaderangementsyndrom on March 24, 2012 at 7:44 PM

FIFY Junior.

Sporty1946 on March 24, 2012 at 8:33 PM

Volt is out of production and it’s buyers made 170k per year. So you think we should be taxed to buy cars for the top 1%. Is that your position? There is a very small amount of Lithium for these cars as well far less than oil or Natural Gas. It also must be imported as America has very little lithium.

So what… do you think lithium is the final battery technology? Even Exxon has estimated that in about 25 years almost 50% of cars on the road will be powered by a mix of hybrid and electric technologies. You can’t sit back and watch as Honda, Toyota, and Nissan do all the innovation. As a first generation technology, the Volt is an excellent automobile as almost every auto analyst has stated.

The Volt is affordable to any American family- a 3 year lease starts at $299 per year. If war emerges in Iran causing oil prices to sky rocket, GM won’t be able to manufacture the Volt quickly enough. And the Volt is another way to transfer energy consumption to natural gas- it’s the cheapest US energy source and in 10 years few other fossil fuel sources will exist (demand from China will take coal prices far higher).

bayam on March 24, 2012 at 9:16 PM

And for the hater’s, Bob Lutz sets the record straight in Forbes…

http://blogs.forbes.com/boblutz/

bayam on March 24, 2012 at 9:18 PM

bayam on March 24, 2012 at 9:16 PM

THe chevy cruise is less than one half the cost of the volt, and will, over 20 years remain less expensive to own and operate.

And f#&@ you and your ignorant assertion that the average family can afford the volt for $300/month lease.

You are a pathetic propagandist.

tom daschle concerned on March 24, 2012 at 9:40 PM

As a first generation technology, the Volt is an excellent automobile as almost every auto analyst has stated.

bayam on March 24, 2012 at 9:16 PM

That’s not the issue.

Back in the 1890′s when autos were first being developed but were not economically viable should the President of the US have tried to pick a winner among the developers and manufacturers by giving them huge quantities of taxpayer dollars? Should the government of the US have heavily taxed the use of horses to help promote their choice?

And so on and so forth. I could write a book. Someone probably already has, and it was likely labeled right wing-nut propaganda by Marxist sympathizers and secret admirers.

farsighted on March 24, 2012 at 9:43 PM

Here’s another reason to NOT buy ANY UAW product:

Buy UAW -> Salaries to UAW workers -> UAW Union Dues -> Bammie Reelection Fund.

Buying UAW is supporting President Jackass McDowngrade for president.

slickwillie2001 on March 24, 2012 at 10:13 PM

Few other fossil fuel sources will exist in 10 years?

I meant to say that other fossil fuels will be phased out in favor of natural gas for electricity generation.

Vehicles can be powered by natural gas without a drive train battery.

Only if there’s a CNG distribution network.

You are a pathetic propagandist.

You mean a propagandist for Bob Lutz? Don’t let facts get in the way of your hate.
http://blogs.forbes.com/boblutz/

bayam on March 24, 2012 at 10:40 PM

Back in the 1890′s when autos were first being developed but were not economically viable should the President of the US have tried to pick a winner among the developers and manufacturers by giving them huge quantities of taxpayer dollars? Should the government of the US have heavily taxed the use of horses to help promote their choice?

If horses demanded a food that was available only in the Middle East, requiring a very costly military interventions and presence in that part of the world, compounded by a global demand of the food that threatened higher prices that promised serious damage the nation’s economy… then yes such action would be appropriate.
Your comparison breaks down on many levels so I wouldn’t advise a book writing endevour.

bayam on March 24, 2012 at 10:48 PM

Wo, wo, slow down! One big Difference here, Tina. Bush eats babies!

And Obama very gently caresses babies to sleep.

Opinionnation on March 24, 2012 at 11:00 PM

If Bush is Hitler..

Obama must be Black-Hitler

Opinionnation on March 24, 2012 at 11:01 PM

Just remember:
Politicians can’t do anything about gas prices.

Chickyraptor on March 24, 2012 at 11:46 PM

So what… do you think lithium is the final battery technology? Even Exxon has estimated that in about 25 years almost 50% of cars on the road will be powered by a mix of hybrid and electric technologies. You can’t sit back and watch as Honda, Toyota, and Nissan do all the innovation.

And isn’t that amazing? They are managing to do this WITHOUT Obama Party “stimulus” funds.

For some reason, Obama Motors, with an all-Obama supporter workforce, can’t even build a second-rate car without billions of dollars in government giveaways.

Ever think that the reason these companies are innovating is that they do a better job and are not bound to a 19th-century labor model?

As a first generation technology, the Volt is an excellent automobile as almost every auto analyst has stated.

As I said above, “auto analysts” were saying the Chevrolet Corvair, Vega, and Citation, as well as the Dodge Aspen/Plymouth Volare and the Renault Alliance were “excellent automobiles”.

Their track record is, to say the least, spotty.

The Volt is affordable to any American family- a 3 year lease starts at $299 per year.

Liar.

As you will see when you go to that website, the lease rate is $350 per month with $2,500 due at signing, plus a ridiculous overage charge for mileage.

Plus, at the end of the lease, you don’t own the car. You just pissed away $15,100 and have nothing — no asset, no transportation, no anything to show for it.

Did you even read or research your statement? Have you ever purchased a car or actually done any sort of financial analysis?

If war emerges in Iran causing oil prices to sky rocket, GM won’t be able to manufacture the Volt quickly enough. And the Volt is another way to transfer energy consumption to natural gas- it’s the cheapest US energy source and in 10 years few other fossil fuel sources will exist (demand from China will take coal prices far higher).

bayam on March 24, 2012 at 9:16 PM

Wrong. People will buy the existing cars that already get far better mileage AND don’t require trick leases that leave you with nothing.

Furthermore, natural gas has to be transported by pipeline or LNG ships — neither of which Obama will allow. Furthermore, since Obama is blocking all domestic drilling, all natural gas will soon have to be imported.

Your lies just keep getting dumber, bayam. You’re making it clear that you just are repeating Obama’s desperate talking points as the incompetent fool tries to lie, lie, lie his way out of the massive pit into which his failed policies have dug him.

northdallasthirty on March 24, 2012 at 11:47 PM

And f#&@ you and your ignorant assertion that the average family can afford the volt for $300/month lease.

You are a pathetic propagandist.

tom daschle concerned on March 24, 2012 at 9:40 PM

That’s not even what the pathetic Obama fool bayam said, sir. I’ll emphasize to show you:

The Volt is affordable to any American family- a 3 year lease starts at $299 per year.

bayam on March 24, 2012 at 9:16 PM

The moronic fool bayam is stating that Chevrolet is leasing Volts for $299 PER YEAR.

Does the moronic fool want to admit that he doesn’t know what the hell he’s talking about? Or does the moronic fool know about some special program for Barack Obama voters in which you get cheap leases? Wouldn’t surprise me that the lying fool Obama is paying kickbacks to his most devoted Jugend.

northdallasthirty on March 24, 2012 at 11:51 PM

Your lies just keep getting dumber, bayam. You’re making it clear that you just are repeating Obama’s desperate talking points as the incompetent fool tries to lie, lie, lie his way out of the massive pit into which his failed policies have dug him.

northdallasthirty on March 24, 2012 at 11:47 PM

Obama has nothing to do with the Volt.
http://blogs.forbes.com/boblutz/

Furthermore, since Obama is blocking all domestic drilling, all natural gas will soon have to be imported.

You really are quite a fool. Chesapeake can’t sell assets quickly enough because excessive natural gas supplies have depressed prices to such an extent that it’s killing industry profits and stalled growth. How someone could miss this news is hard to understand- it’s been all over the Wall Street Journal. Perhaps that’s above your reading level?

The moronic fool bayam is stating that Chevrolet is leasing Volts for $299 PER YEAR.

Obviously a typo you hateful little man. But keep on clicking those intertube links, you’re enriching liberals.

bayam on March 25, 2012 at 12:36 AM

Obama has nothing to do with the Volt.

Actually, he claimed he did. But now that it’s a failure, he’s flip flopping and spinning, just like with Solyndra, just like Obamacare, just like everything.

Poor child. If he hadn’t grown up around racist liberals like yourself, he might actually have had a chance of becoming a worthwhile person instead of a screaming infant.

You really are quite a fool. Chesapeake can’t sell assets quickly enough because excessive natural gas supplies have depressed prices to such an extent that it’s killing industry profits and stalled growth.

Actually, I’m aware of how your Baraka hates pipelines, hates drilling, hates any type of domestic energy production, and loves pumping billions of dollars into “green energy” kickbacks to his donors.

And a moron like yourself has proven he can’t read. If you weren’t such an imbecile, perhaps you wouldn’t have published that Chevy is leasing Volts for $299 a year. But you’re a typical Obama puppet, no intellect or capability, just an ignorant and illiterate fool.

northdallasthirty on March 25, 2012 at 12:53 AM

VOLT???? I am not a hater but..it ain’t the solution.

You can lease a Cadillac CTS for $300 a month with $1,999 down and it isn’t “ultra low mileage” and includes free maintenance. You can even get some cool options.

AND..if you believe the commercials you can back down the road at 55 MPH safely.

I was told by my a friend that the F-150′s have a $300 lease as does Chrysler on a 300. Huh?

A F150? A 300?

That is what is wrong with the Volt.

IlikedAUH2O on March 25, 2012 at 1:53 AM

But you’re a typical Obama puppet, no intellect or capability, just an ignorant and illiterate fool.

northdallasthirty on March 25, 2012 at 12:53 AM

Keep on clicking those intertube links little man- all those liberal idiots at Google, Facebook, and Microsoft with no intellect or capability will continue to profit.

bayam on March 25, 2012 at 3:00 AM

I’ll be doing a long post about this issue when I can get the time. (www.truthandcommonsense.com)

I spent a while with my MENSA bright buddy who tried to dumb down the reasons for me. In essence, both sides are right here. There are factors upsetting the market price equilibrium. Policy is definitely one. Another is that certain actions are taking place right now, like the fact a major pipeline that was pumping oil from the Gulf to Oklahoma was shut down and reversed, now pumping oil (they are getting from N Dakota) down to the Gulf. One could argue this is for profit or are a result of Obama’s Gulf drilling policy. Regardless, it interrupted supply.

Another issue is the Jones Act, (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Merchant_Marine_Act_of_1920)which literally costs billions a year to adhere to. It also drives up costs to the consumer as it prevents efficient transportation of supplies. My buddy was spitting when he talked about how everybody in Congress knows it is a bad law but won’t touch it- it’s a union issue.

There’s more. But the fact isn’t we don’t have oil. It is a combination of Obama’s EPA driving refineries in the East to close, bad policy on drilling, and regulations that keep the cost up. All that against the desire of the OPEC and others to maximize their profits by finding the upper end of the supply/demand curve.

It’s complicated, which means most don’t get it, especially in Congress. After the conversation, my head hurt. I kept saying, “but what about…” and he’d just groan. We’ve dumbed down the argument to things like “drill here, drill now” which may not be the best thing overall. My friend says this, “The key to recovery, to anything is CHEAP ENERGY! Where we get it isn’t as important as you might think.” I guess he would have a point if we use our resources (and all the costs involved) to find that the best we can do is 120.00 a barrel and someplace like Brazil can get that some oil to us for 40.00. Which would you chose when filling up your SUV or running your business?

Tough subject.

archer52 on March 25, 2012 at 4:52 AM

If horses demanded a food that was available only in the Middle East, requiring a very costly military interventions and presence in that part of the world, compounded by a global demand of the food that threatened higher prices that promised serious damage the nation’s economy… then yes such action would be appropriate.

bayam on March 24, 2012 at 10:48 PM

Straw man, factually incorrect, epic fail, etc. — Oil is not available only from the ME. Access to oil does not require costly military interventions. Contrary to the chicken littles who have been screeching for decades that we’re quickly running out while doing all they can to prevent further exploration and production, the world is awash in oil and the supply will not run out anytime soon. Our own government is deliberately and severely obstructing and blocking domestic production.

If the supply was soon to run out and/or was too scarce corporations and entrepreneurs would by working overtime, with private investors eager to supply the funding, to provide alternatives without the need for government intervention and the infusion of billions and billions of taxpayer dollars.

Leftist socialist, Marx inspired, wannabe economic engineers who think they know what’s best for the nation and everyone else can always rationalize government intervention by claiming the sky is falling, that the market is inadequate and not up to the task of stopping it, and so the government must get involved. To such people government always knows best and it’s the job of the government to speculate in the market and manipulate the economy, for the good of us all, using tax payer dollars — as if government is some kind of benevolent super mutual fund.

farsighted on March 25, 2012 at 9:24 AM

” … nowhere are the president’s crony capitalistic tendencies more in evidence than in his energy policy. He rewards his preferred providers and punishes his least favorite.” – T.K.

In a weekend, a handful of intelligent people could hammer out an energy policy that places America, not Brazil, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Venezuela et al first, for a change.
Much like his “defense policy” re: Egypt, “Lybia”, and noticeably absent on Syria – It has nothing to do with defending US and looking out for OUR best interests. Barry’s capriciousness will be our undoing. President SmartPower sells us out to his pals and the Muslim Brotherhood.
(i think there’s some overlap there)

Maybe some day, Americans will connect the huge dots in this easy to decipher puzzle.
Naaaaaaaaaaaa …

Either smack down Iran NOW or go balls-to-the-wall on the construction of an energy INdependent country. It’s amazingly simple and cost-effective.
If BRAZIL can do it, so can we dammit. BTW – THEY have a better source of ethanol.
ಠ_ರೃ
Meanwhile, President ØbeyMe, back on the campaign stump in “Battleground States”, STILL on OUR dime of course, has no problem taking any little credit he can for something over which HE had no control or authority.
Morons

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Karl Magnus on March 25, 2012 at 10:02 AM

The Volt is affordable to any American family- a 3 year lease starts at $299 per year. If war emerges in Iran causing oil prices to sky rocket, GM won’t be able to manufacture the Volt quickly enough.
(snip)
bayam on March 24, 2012 at 9:16 PM

Ummmmmmm …
How are the gullible then supposed to re-charge them thar battrees?
For the price of new Lithium batteries you can buy a decent used car.
Naíveté serves no good purpose.

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Karl Magnus on March 25, 2012 at 10:29 AM

> wiser than me help me out here. The price of oil is pegged to the value of the dollar correct? And until >the dollar recovers the price of oil will remain high. The dollar will not recover until all of the “printed >money” distributed by the is “Den of Thieves” are reined in we will be dealing with current pricing.
>If I’m off base I would appreciate reasoned responses from those who weren’t educated in R.L.
>
>Rio Linda Refugee on March 24, 2012 at 5:39 PM

The price of oil is pegged to the dollar (and thus traded, worldwide, on a dollar basis). However, the dollar amount that a barrel of oil is trading for is based on supply and demand. If there is a shortage of oil (or a perception of a shortage), then oil will go up. If there is a glut then oil will go down. Admittedly that is a bit of an oversimplification as there are political and other economic factors involved, but that is basically it.

Natrium on March 25, 2012 at 11:20 AM

The Volt is affordable to any American family- a 3 year lease starts at $299 per year. If war emerges in Iran causing oil prices to sky rocket, GM won’t be able to manufacture the Volt quickly enough.
(snip)
bayam on March 24, 2012 at 9:16 PM

A Volt leases for $299.00 per year?

Hell, Sandra Fluke could have leased one, drove to the local planned parenthood clinic, picked up her free birth control pills and still saved herself $700 bucks per year.

dthorny on March 25, 2012 at 11:31 AM

The price of oil is pegged to the dollar (and thus traded, worldwide, on a dollar basis). However, the dollar amount that a barrel of oil is trading for is based on supply and demand. If there is a shortage of oil (or a perception of a shortage), then oil will go up. If there is a glut then oil will go down. Admittedly that is a bit of an oversimplification as there are political and other economic factors involved, but that is basically it.

Natrium on March 25, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Great point.

And what do speculators speculate on? Whether the price of oil rises or falls based on direction of the supply. What drives the direction of the supply? Whether the oil producing countries, including the USA, increase supply or reduce supply.

If some blame speculators for oil price increases, why did they drive the market price down in 2008 effectively losing money? They didn’t, GW Bush opened up offshore drilling and the Saudis increased supply (John Kerry pleaded with Bush), increasing supply which drove prices down.

dthorny on March 25, 2012 at 11:40 AM

I remember when 5% unemployment rates were a sign that the apocalypse was upon us. Those were the days, huh?

JannyMae on March 24, 2012 at 7:40 PM

They called it a Depression, and they went on 24 hours a day about the price of gas. And the economy.

dogsoldier on March 25, 2012 at 11:47 AM

With 36 years in the oil drilling and producing industry, oil prices are high due to excessive EPA regulations, state land rules and restrictions, high cost of permits, fees, environmental hazards, local regulations and fees costing hundreds of thousands to drill a single oil well.
When you add the cost of taxes per gallon of gasoline at the pump and you can see the federal gov’t, and state and local gov’t money grab.
When we can get the government out of the way, capitalism sets the price fairly to the consumer. Remember, our government collects 40% of your money in taxable dollars.

dthorny on March 25, 2012 at 11:51 AM

With 36 years in the oil drilling and producing industry, oil prices are high due to excessive EPA regulations, state land rules and restrictions, high cost of permits, fees, environmental hazards, local regulations and fees costing hundreds of thousands to drill a single oil well.
When you add the cost of taxes per gallon of gasoline at the pump and you can see the federal gov’t, and state and local gov’t money grab.

When we can get the government out of the way, capitalism sets the price fairly to the consumer. Remember, our government collects 40% of your money in taxable dollars.

dthorny on March 25, 2012 at 11:51 AM

This.

The government screws up, distorts, and throws wrenches in the market, driving up the price while reducing the supply, and then claims the only solution to “the problem” is more government intervention and centralized planning. And, of course, the Government Motors and UAW designed, developed, manufactured, and heavily subsidized — but still not economically competitive and viable — Chevy Volt.

farsighted on March 25, 2012 at 12:23 PM

I’m sorry Mr. Morrison, but true Obama believers will never be impressed with logic or reason – just read some of the pro-Obama comments.

The lasting mantra of this administration is that it’s always someone else’s fault. And they believe it!

rpupton on March 25, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Leftist socialist, Marx inspired, wannabe economic engineers who think they know what’s best for the nation and everyone else can always rationalize government intervention by claiming the sky is falling, that the market is inadequate and not up to the task of stopping it

Perhaps you should stop using the internet- it was born of government funding and federal research programs.

Another self-proclaimed and self-righteous champion of free markets on the right… standing up against Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Larry Ellison, Mark Zuckerberg and every other great left-leaning entrepreneur capitalist who’s driving innovation and wealth creation in this nation. At the end of the day, there are the great entrepreneurs and innovators who build high-growth industries in this country- and then there are arrogant armchair observers who do nothing more than proclaim their own superiority over everyone else. Apparently you and Glenn Beck are part of the same camp.

bayam on March 25, 2012 at 3:29 PM

The Volt is affordable to any American family- a 3 year lease starts at $299 per year. If war emerges in Iran causing oil prices to sky rocket, GM won’t be able to manufacture the Volt quickly enough. And the Volt is another way to transfer energy consumption to natural gas- it’s the cheapest US energy source and in 10 years few other fossil fuel sources will exist (demand from China will take coal prices far higher).
bayam on March 24, 2012 at 9:16 PM

You are butthurt stupid. Lithium batteries have a recharge life of 1000 cycles before they become unstable. That’s why laptops have a system to stop them from recharging before they get to that stage of decay. Ifyou use the volt as a daily driver, you’ll be lucky to get two years of use. Three year lease sounds like a scam to stick you with the tabfor replacing the battery

AH_C on March 25, 2012 at 5:31 PM

If horses demanded a food that was available only in the Middle East, requiring a very costly military interventions and presence in that part of the world, compounded by a global demand of the food that threatened higher prices that promised serious damage the nation’s economy… then yes such action would be appropriate.
Your comparison breaks down on many levels so I wouldn’t advise a book writing endevour.
bayam on March 24, 2012 at 10:48 PM

More stupidity. We have more energy sources than all of the ME combined. Also, stop with the nonsense of “fossil “fuels. Coal and crude do not come from fossils. The Soviets proved that decades ago. That enviros continue the misnomer shows deception and hatred of science that refutes their sheer stupidity.

AH_C on March 25, 2012 at 5:45 PM

A Chevy Volt runs on coal. The very object Obowma is attempting to shut down; coal fired power plants.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wF7Qm31LIDM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJ55UzAsp6M

Where will we get the energy to replace those plants on the east coast?

dthorny on March 25, 2012 at 8:32 PM

And, of course, the Government Motors and UAW designed, developed, manufactured, and heavily subsidized — but still not economically competitive and viable — Chevy Volt.

farsighted on March 25, 2012 at 12:23 PM

At 45k, for a car that only gets 25 miles on a 10 hour charge?

What’s not to love? liberal logic – an oxymoron.

dthorny on March 25, 2012 at 8:38 PM

Perhaps you should stop using the internet- it was born of government funding and federal research programs.

First off, the base internet protocols (TCP/IP) came out of the defense industry research projects. So I take it you are all for increasing government funding of defense related research because of the good things that come from it. Right?

Second, engineers, designers, and developers outside of the government also developed protocols to enable computers to communicate over a network/ IBM and Digital Equipment Corp in fact independently and in parallel designed and developed computer networking protocols equivalent to and as robust as TCP/IP. If TCP/IP had not become the standard one of those two likely would have. The government was not needed to create the internet.

Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Larry Ellison, Mark Zuckerberg and every other great left-leaning entrepreneur capitalist who’s driving innovation and wealth creation in this nation.

All of them designed and developed their products without government funding and subsidies. All of them responded to the market and built their company by satisfying the market, ny making affordable competitive products. None of them would have liked it if the government had decided to pick one of their their competitors’ products, fund its development, and subsidize its pricing using taxpayer money, potentially putting their own products and companies at a competition disadvantage. They may “lean” left politically but they understand the market and they know that entrepreneurs and private investors are better at innovation, picking market winners, and identifying products the market wants and will pay for than government bureaucrats and pandering politicians. None of them would want the government interfering in and distorting the markets they do business in.

Apparently you and Glenn Beck are part of the same camp.

The last refuge of the left-wing troll — baseless fact free ad hominem and attempts to slur by association.

Have you bought a Chevy Volt yet? No? when are you planning to buy or lease one? Are all your left-wing buddies running out to buy or lease one? If all you lefties started buying Chevy Volts maybe Government Motors would not have to halt production. Why isn’t that happening?

Lefties want tax money spent to fund the development of, and subsidize the pricing of, products few will buy and that they they won’t touch with their own money — products that investors who actually understand the market won’t invest in and that even “left-leaning” entrepreneurs wouldn’t develop with their own money.

The Chevy Volt is a failure funded by tax payer money because private investors, even those willing to take big risks, would not invest their own money in it.

farsighted on March 25, 2012 at 9:48 PM

Unlike Libtards, Progressives, OWS’ers, Mainstream Media, Democrats and “Independents”, I can clearly remember how much I had to pay for diesel in 2008. At one point, I was paying just over $5.00 a gallon, costing me $125.00 to fill up my truck’s fuel tank.

But the minute President Bush signed the Executive Order in late Summer 2008 that rescinded the moratorium on offshore drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico and in the Atlantic Ocean off the eastern seaboard, the oil speculators ran for the hills and fuel prices began plummeting within a few weeks, hitting a low beneath $2.00 a gallon for diesel.

So anybody in Gummint or in the media who says that a President’s energy policies can’t affect the price of gasoline is full of crap. Either they are incredibly stupid or they are blatant liars. Whether stupid or lying, they should be voted out or fired.

CatchAll on March 25, 2012 at 11:17 PM

There is a very small amount of Lithium for these cars as well far less than oil or Natural Gas. It also must be imported as America has very little lithium.

Wouldn’t it be ironic if the US only had 2 % of the world’s proven Lithium reserves, but the production of the Volt represented 20 % of it’s use?

Besides a Volt uses coal. I mean really it burns coal to generate the electricity that powers it. Seems backwards to me. It produces more polution than any gasoline car.

I have tried to have this discussion with liberals regarding electric cars, but they seem (honestly) to not be able to see the multiple linear steps that need to happen for us to produce electricity. if the vehicle isn’t belching smoke in front of THEM, they surmise that it is less polluting. they don’t think through the entire chain of events.

We should be using CNG for all vehicles in America. It is plentiful and cheap and very low emisions.

Steveangell on March 24, 2012 at 5:48 PM

I’d like to see us exploring CNG for commercial fleets if it economically feasible. This would require less capital investment, since the CNg fueling stations could be located at truck stops and large commercial trucking companies. initially, trucks could use CNg without the need for the fueling capacity in every station on every street.

Red State State of Mind on March 25, 2012 at 11:58 PM

Obama, being the son of a Poor African Deadbeat Dad, can’t control the price of gas!

But Bush, being a privileged scion of an Evil Oil Family, could.

All the difference in the world.

Or in MSM terms:

Obama, good. Bush, bad.

profitsbeard on March 26, 2012 at 12:37 AM

Caught in the middle of that is the consumer, who, under luxurious circumstances, surely cares about the environment, but, in tight times, cares most about affordability.

Hierarchy of needs. When you’re just trying to fill your belly, that hot tub ain’t so important.

swinia sutki on March 26, 2012 at 8:20 AM

As a first generation technology, the Volt is an excellent automobile as almost every auto analyst has stated.

Except that it’s not first generation. Or even 2nd generation for that matter. Electric “cars” have been around for decades.

jdkchem on March 26, 2012 at 11:19 AM

We need competition, and the overregulation of the oil industry simply promotes the larger companies to be the only ones who can afford to make billions.

We need to quit this “global commodity” B.S.

Open all Lands for Drilling. Reduce the regulatory approval process so more refineries can be built.

This would allow a young enterprising venture capitalist to invest in energy companies to develop oil and gas here that is sold here.

The number one driver to the cost of gas is not supply/demand, it is competition. Although, the lack of drilling availability and construction of refineries has been the cause of a lack of competition. They pretty much go hand in hand.

All the existing oil companies are allowed to gouge prices and blame it on everything else (middle east, supply/demand, maintenance outages, etc)

If there were more local companies to compete on a localized level, the prices would come down.

Oil isn’t the only commodity that makes the world go round. If the government continues to stifle new production and make it more difficult, it will continue to push smaller producers out of the game due to not being able to afford regulation, etc.

Open up the process, make it less restrictive, and watch entrepeneurs drop the price through competition.

weaselyone on March 26, 2012 at 3:43 PM

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