14 Mar 11 - (Excerpts) - For anyone who follows energy
issues, the President’s press conference on Friday was a breathtaking
example of his ability and willingness to lie about America’s energy
needs and reserves while obfuscating his administration’s relentless
attacks on the nation’s coal and oil industries.
Even if we give Obama the benefit of the doubt by saying he is being
“misinformed” by advisors, it does not alter the fact that he has, since
the days of his campaign in 2008, made no secret of his intention to
undermine America’s oil and coal industries while encouraging greater
use of the two forms of energy, wind and solar power, that are of the
least value in the real world. Neither would exist without massive tax
incentives and subsidies or mandates that require their use.
Obama’s lies are so easily refuted one might think he would hesitate to
tell them, but he is undeterred by the truth.
Claims that his administration is approving drilling permits were
disputed by the Governor of Alaska, Sean Parnell, in a March 3rd Wall
Street Journal editorial. “…Alaska and the Gulf states have been blocked
from developing America’s oil by politically driven federal policy…In
Alaska, an oil company can buy federal leases, spend over $3 billion in
permitting and capital costs, apply for an air permit from the
Environmental Protection Agency, and then wait for five years and still
have no permit.”
Obama’s claim that his administration is looking at oil leases that have
not been developed into drilling sites obscures the fact that, despite
billions invested in them by companies prepared to explore and extract
oil, his administration has pursued a policy of stalling such efforts.
His claim that America has only two percent of the proven oil reserves
of the world’s oil is just a flat-out lie. The Congressional Research
Service recently released a report asserting that the U.S. has at least
17 percent of the world’s oil. And that is just the amount known to
exist domestically and offshore.
In a March 11th statement by Thomas Pyle, president of the Institute for
Energy Research said that “The CRS found that there is likely to be a
combined 164.1 billion barrels or 8.5 times as much as the president
It is Obama whose policies are driving up the cost of a gallon of gas at
the pump. When one considers that U.S. oil is always cheaper per barrel
than imported oil, Americans are being robbed, not by oil companies, but
by White House restrictions on oil production.
This is a President who, in January 2008, campaigning for the office,
told the San Francisco Chronicle that his cap-and-trade plan would cause
electricity rates to “necessarily skyrocket.” The Secretary of Energy,
Steven Chu, told the Wall Street Journal that same year that “Somehow,
we have to figure out how to boast the price of gasoline to the levels
in Europe” which was paying $10 a gallon!
The Obama energy plan is devoted to bankrupting Americans and
This President, blathering about “energy efficiency”, electric cars,
high speed trains, thousands of acres covered by wind turbines and solar
farms, and all the other pipedreams that represent a Green agenda, is
deliberately misleading Americans while his administration, instead of
“winning the future”, is killing the future for America..
© Alan Caruba, 2011
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