I’d sure hate to see what gas prices would be like if he got science grades like, say, an Al Gore or something.
From Congressman Issa:
Secretary of Energy Chu said today that he had earned an A for controlling the price of gas at the pump. At a hearing of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee today, Secretary Chu had the following exchange with Chairman Issa:“In controlling the cost of gasoline at the pump, do you give yourself an A-?” – Rep. Issa“Well, the tools we have at our disposal are limited, but I would say I would give myself a little higher – in that since I became Secretary of Energy, I’ve been doing everything I can to get long-term solutions.” – Secretary ChuEchoing the sentiments of consumers, Chairman Issa said in his hearing statement, that the “Obama DOE was DOA when it came to delivering affordable energy to consumers.”Issa noted that the price of gasoline today was nearly $4.00—double its average in 2009.
Why Republicans are surprised by this is beyond me. This is a man who in 2008 said the following:
“Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels of Europe.”
So of course he’d give himself an A. The only thing surprising here is that he didn’t gloat about a ‘mission accomplished.’
Also note that Steven Chu works for the President, a man who wanted higher gas prices.
Remember that every time you’re paying $50, $60, $70 a pop at the gas station – this was the administration’s plan from the get go. Why? So you could drive cars with solar panels on the roof.
Just a friendly reminder when you’re shelling out $4/gallon today, and probably $5/gallon during the summer – This is what President Obama wanted. He wanted a gradual increase in gas prices, and he has been successful. This statement was made in 2008.
So next time the President blames somebody for taking money out of your paycheck, remember that his policies are one of the biggest reasons that despite payroll tax cuts, the administrations fundamental changes in standard of living are making this country poorer.
Meanwhile, Rick Santorum is making the obvious rather clear. Via UPI:
Former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania was in Ohio Monday alleging Obama’s “radical environmentalist policies” helped push gasoline prices to near record highs and threatened to derail the economic recovery.
There’s a “lack of real scientific evidence” about global warming, Santorum asserted. “Phony studies” on climate change are not “not climate science but political science.”
Santorum said Obama’s disapproval of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline system from Canada to the Gulf Coast, and alleged White House foreign-policy mismanagement in the Middle East and Persian Gulf, were also pushing oil prices upward.
This will be a huge political issue when the election rolls around. It is one of the most tangible economic killers to the average American. When it turns your stomach to go to the gas station nearly every other day, remember – this is what Obama wanted.