Why is everyone so surprised that the Obama administration doesn’t want to lower oil and gas prices? Obama and Chu have been saying it since 2008.
Only now, suddenly, Secretary of Energy Steven Chu-faced has had a change of heart in less than two weeks. He no longer wants the gas prices to go up and Obama is suddenly saying the same thing. Their history tells us a different story so which are you going to believe?
In a shocking round of questioning this afternoon, Energy Secretary Steven Chu said he no longer wants gas prices to rise to historic levels, as he has previously and repeatedly promoted. At a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing, Senator Mike Lee (R-Ut.) asked secretary Chu: “So are you saying you no longer share the view that we need to figure out how to boost gasoline prices in America?” Chu responded: “I no longer share that view.”
It’s a good thing that Chu changed his mind in a little over a week’s time because I heard the administration was looking to make him Ambassador to NE Afghanistan after his recent admission that the administration goal was NOT to lower gas prices.
The overall goal is not to get prices of gas down but rather it is to reduce our dependency on oil with pond scum (okay, pond scum, bird killing windmills, and Solyndra-like investments) –
In 2008, Secretary of Energy Chu stated, “Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe.”
Last March, in an interview with Fox News’ Chris Wallace, noting that his focus is to ease the pain felt by his energy policies by forcing automakers to make more fuel-efficient automobiles. “What I’m doing since I became Secretary of Energy has been quite clear. What I have been doing is developing methods to take the pain out of high gas prices.”
Actions such as stopping the Keystone pipeline and regulating coal and power plants out of existence has frustrated energy companies –
“These have been the most difficult three years from a policy standpoint that I’ve ever seen in my career,” Bruce Vincent, president of Houston oil and natural gas producer Swift Energy, told the Houston Chronicle.
“They’ve done nothing but restrict access and delay permitting,” he added. “The Obama administration, unfortunately, has threatened this industry at every turn.”
During his presidential campaign, Obama admitted he was fine with sky-high gasoline prices, he just “would have preferred a gradual adjustment.”
Energy secretary, Steven Chu, at the time of his appointment, said that “somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe.” And last year, Chu claimed “the price of gasoline over the long haul should be expected to go up.
On Valentines’s Day, speaking to the nation with American workers behind him, Obama casually told a half-truth about the situation….When gas prices are on the rise again because as the economy strengthens global demand increases…[not his fault of course – it’s the world’s fault]
Gas prices skyrocketing will get a casual, this is to be expected response, from Obama.
Obama has repeatedly called for an end to about $4 billion in annual tax breaks and subsidies for oil and gas companies, government support that Obama has said is unwarranted at a time of burgeoning profits and rising domestic production. He sees it as “outrageous” and “inexcusable.” [Why now? Won’t that raise gas prices even more?]
We have low gas prices, can’t have that –
Chu is upset that some politicians don’t get it but he’s the one who wants to paint all the roofs white to stop global warming, hemm…
Obama in 2008, not caring if gas prices go higher. We need to use alternatives and get more efficient cars.
Inflate your tires – August 2008
A devotee of cap and trade, Obama has said our fuel under his leadership “must necessarily skyrocket.” – Jan. 2008
My plan will bankrupt the coal industry – Nov. 2008
March 2009 – Drill in Brazil –
February, 2011, Chu clearly wanted to decrease our use of oil, increase efficiency and go to alternatives, in other words, make it so expensive that we won’t us fuel, inflate tires and paint roofs white, and go to windmills, solar, electric cars and, now, green algae –
2012 – This administration wants gas prices up –
2012 – After three years of research, Obama felt rushed and rejected the Keystone pipeline (he has also stopped offshore drilling, rejected or slowed permits for any type of fossil fuel energy projects, stops Shell in Alaska and sends Exxon to Russia).He lobbied the Senate to not approve the Keystone pipeline bill just this month.
2012 – It’s all about the algae (fantasy land) –
2012 – Algae is the answer –