Newt Gingrich is wagering (what’s left of) his entire presidential campaign on one issue: energy.
The Houston Chronicle reports:
Newt Gingrich is wagering his entire presidential campaign on one issue: energy.
Everywhere he goes, the former House Speaker is hammering President Obama for failing to take advantage of North American energy supplies.
Following his last-place finishes in Tuesday’s Arizona and Michigan primaries, Gingrich focused on energy. He said that Obama should spend less time hectoring Saudia Arabia to produce more oil and instead should concentrate on North American production.
The president could “change the whole energy environment … just with three strokes of the pen,” Gingrich declared.
Stroke One: The Keystone XL pipeline, which Gingrich said would bring “700,000 barrels of Canadian oil a day to Houston.
Stroke Two: Increase drilling in the Gulf of Mexico — “and that’s about 400,000 barrels a day,” Gingrich estimated.
Stroke Three: Open additional areas of Alaska to exploration. “That’s about 1.2 million barrels a day,” the Georgia Republican declared.