All those sick of me yapping about our domestic energy situation please raise your hands. All those who are sick of the Obama administration telling mistruths about our domestic energy situation, please raise your hands.
Hopefully there were more hand-raises over the latter than the former. Several weeks ago Obama made good on his campaign promise to bankrupt coal yet today Jay Carney when asked at the daily A Casa Branca presser about energy production on federal land he *informed* the American people at about the 3:30 mark that:
“The fact of the matter is, on oil and gas production, we have higher oil production in this country in 2010 than we’ve had since 2003. This President is committed to an all-of-the-above approach in our energy development, which means increasing production here at home, a focus on natural gas and its importance for our energy future, as well as investments in clean energy.”
Despite Carney’s pronouncement the facts show that the Obama Administration’s actions are actually causing a decrease in American energy production:
- Oil and natural gas production on federal lands is down by over 40% compared to ten years ago. Carney does not explain that the vast majority of increased production is occurring on private lands in states such as North Dakota, not on federal lands.
- Under the Obama Administration, 2010 had the LOWEST number of onshore leases issued since 1984.
- The Administration held only one offshore lease sale in 2011. Conducted on December 14th, the Administration narrowly avoided making 2011 the first year since 1953 without an offshore lease sale.
If President Obama is truly committed to an all-of-the-above energy approach then he shouldn’t have imposed an offshore drilling plan that keeps the majority of our offshore energy resources locked up.
And he shouldn’t have imposed a 20 year drilling ban on uranium.
Obama has put out a 72 page “Jobs Council Report” which on page 28 talks about our energy situation. If you are brave enough please read it but take your blood pressure meds first.
I ran into an interesting article today from Chris Freind telling us not to blame Obama for refinery shutdowns. Since it appears he does not have a twit or Facebook account we got into a little email squabble in which he told me, I kid you not, grammar not corrected:
Had the GOP done its job, obama would not be in the white house, and the economy would be booming with 2 dollar a gallon fuel. Telling the truth hurts, but that is my job.
Since the above quote defies credulity in my book I forwarded the email to one of our fellow UPers as back-up. 😀
Crossposted at Conservative Outlooks