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David Axelrod is now saying that Obama should get credit for the drop in prices.
The Democrats are, if anything, schizophrenic in their consistency. When prices went up to $4/gal under Bush, it was blamed on the "two oil men in the White House". The media ran daily stories on the pain at the pump. When prices dropped to under $2/gal several months later, Democrats and the MSM were silent. Contrast that with Obama and the mainstream media's reporting, which has been a mirror image of the reporting during Bush. Prices go up, Obama has NO control, and there are few stories on the "pain at the pump". Prices go down, Obama credited.
The fact that the media is biased towards Obama is no surprise. What's surprising is that they make it so easy to expose their bias. They are not even trying to hide their lack of journalistic ethics any longer. They might as well wear Obama 2012 attire on the nightly news. Diane Sawyer can barely contain her idolatry of the President.
The Democrats can no longer have it both ways. Bloggers and the new media are holding them accountable, in their own words, for what they've said and done in the past. It is all out there for those who look hard enough. Democrats tell us that drilling for new oil will not produce any results for ten years. They said same thing back in 2002, or ten years ago. What might that have done for America's foreign dependency if we had started to drill in ANWR back then? I'll tell you. We would have an additional 1.5 million barrels of oil a day going into the supply! Using the laws of SUPPLY and demand, how might that affect the price? Hmmmm?
President Obama and the media are only partially correct when they say that he, or any President can affect price at the pump. Much of the price is determined by the speculator market, taxes, regulations, environmental impact statements, et. al. But the President, and the Congress, do have some effect on prices at the pump.
When the President goes out and puts a moratorium on drilling offshore, thus taking all of that oil out of the supply, and creating insecurity in the oil markets, that is going to have an effect of higher prices at the pump. Obama correctly states that oil production is up since he took office, which is technically correct. What he fails to mention is that the increase is on private lands, of which he has no control. Oil production on federally owned lands is at a nine-year low.
Obama, and the Democrats, also blocked production of the Keystone Pipeline, a pipeline which Americans supported 2-1, which would bring in over 700K barrels per day to the U.S. from Canada, and create an estimated 179,000 jobs. Obama, when presented with an opportunity to really provide shovel-ready jobs to out-of-work Americans, killed the deal. He eventually "okayed" the Southern portion of the pipeline, from Oklahoma to the Gulf, but this was a PR ploy. That portion was going to be built regardless, as it is entirely within the U.S. The portion which actually needed his approval was the portion which crossed the international boundary from Canada to the U.S.
Dems use our dependency on foreign oil as a talking point for promoting "green technology". Much of what is called green, though you can call it a noble cause, is decades from being efficient enough, cost-effective, or reliable enough to replace coal, gas, or oil. But being "noble" is not what many on the Democrat side are concerned with.
Case in point on the opposition of Dems to the Keystone XL project: Weaning us off of foreign oil is a big lib talking point and Chuck Schumer, Democrat Senator from New York, who opposed Keystone, then called on the Saudis to increase their oil production to bring down prices! Notice that Schumer, like all the Democrats, does understand how supply affects the price! They LIE to the American people when they say that they have no control. Yet government and environmental wackos lobby for, and block the means of getting oil and coal to market. Using environmental laws, issuing moratoriums, revoking permits to coal companies, blocking the construction of additional refineries, mandating different "blends" of gas for winter and summer. Designed to lower pollution, they have done little more than create higher prices at the pump, through higher costs in production, storage, shipping, and through creating shortages, by not having a single nationwide standard for gas. Many states have their own "boutique" fuels. For example. if a refinery goes down in California, they cannot just import fuel from Arizona to offset the loss of production, as each state have their unique boutique fuel blends.
Obama's policies, even the ones he inherited, have a significant effect at the pump, and in other areas of the economy. Policies such a Obama's, which hinder the supply of a product to market, will be felt by consumers, in the form of higher prices for gas, food, and every other consumer product. It was Barack Obama who said that energy prices would naturally skyrocket under his policies.
It may be the only time that Barack Obama has told the truth to the American people.
GAO: Recoverable Oil in Colorado, Utah, Wyoming 'About Equal to Entire World’s Proven Oil Reserves'(CNSNews.com) - The Green River Formation, a largely vacant area of mostly federal land that covers the territory where Colorado, Utah and Wyoming come together, contains about as much recoverable oil as all the rest the world’s proven reserves combined, an auditor from the Government Accountability Office told Congress on Thursday.
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