“Mr. Obama desperately wants people to think he’s against higher gas prices – at least until he gets re-elected.”
Jonah Goldberg writes in the Washington Times:
… Mr. Obama often says, “Under my administration, America is producing more oil today than at any time in the last eight years.” That’s true, but it’s also true that under Mr. Obama’s administration, Snooki from “Jersey Shore” got pregnant and Charlie Sheen lost his job. He can take about as much credit for those developments, too.
Never mind that if he’d gotten the cap-and-trade proposals he campaigned on, energy prices would be even worse. He once acknowledged that under his plan, electricity prices would “skyrocket” and coal companies would go bankrupt. His energy secretary, Steven Chu, admitted he wanted America to emulate European gas prices, when they were about $8 per gallon.
The boom in oil production has taken place almost entirely on private and state lands, while on federal lands it’s dropped – 11 percent from 2010 to 2011 alone. The administration has also slowed the permitting of offshore oil and gas development to a trickle…