Obama Playing Defense Over Gas Prices & GOP Attacks

WASHINGTON – How did it come to this?

How badly has the Obama administration handled promoting what’s actually been happening on energy production on their watch?

It couldn’t have been worse.

The graph here is from the Wall Street Journal, from back in August 2011. Here’s an excerpt from the report:

1,069: The number of rigs drilling for oil in the U.S. this week.

The figure reflects a huge surge in U.S. oil drilling, up nearly 60% in the past year and the highest total since at least 1987, when oil services company Baker Hughes Inc. began keeping track.

But I bet you if you conducted random interviews across the country with average Americans you wouldn’t get many who are aware that Pres. Obama has presided over a surge in energy production and the decline in U.S. dependency on foreign oil.

With Newt Gingrich squealing about $2/gallon gas, which is a fantasy, while Republicans blame Pres. Obama for the price of gas, it’s clear nobody on the right cares about the facts.

Once a political narrative gets started it’s hard to unlock it in people’s minds.

With Keystone XL as a backdrop, with Pres. Bill Clinton coming out in support of it, as Canada begins the southern section of the pipeline, Pres. Obama denying Keystone in the short-term plays into a false narrative that he’s undermining U.S. energy interests.

It’s false, but it’s a building theme that the Obama administration must have polling is setting in.

The Iran issue isn’t helping oil prices either, which for Republicans simply offers a way to hit Obama on two fronts, even if there is no basis in fact for the attacks.

Taylor Marsh is the author of the new book, The Hillary Effect – Politics, Sexism and the Destiny of Loss, which is now available in print on Amazon. Marsh is a veteran political analyst and commentator. She has been profiled in the Washington Post, The New Republic, and has been seen on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, CNN, MSNBC, Al Jazeera English and Al Jazeera Arabic, as well as on radio across the dial and on satellite, including the BBC. Marsh lives in the Washington, D.C. area. This column is cross posted from her new media blog.

  

6 Comments

  1. Total disconnect with the facts and a refusal to take a look at tax and fiscal policy to see what works and what doesn’t is a hallmark of GOP platforms. Despite the fact that we were warned the Bush tax cuts would only worsen the deficit and not create jobs, and having the actual results that that is exactly what came to pass, the GOP is still saying that is the way to go to fix things. Obama is labeled as a liberal, and therefore he COULDN’T have increased something like energy production. Only conservatives do that!!

  2. It’s kind of amazing how the Obama administration neglects to ring it’s own bell when it’s doing things right – and neglects to debunk the fake information coming from it’s detractors. I expect that will change over the summer – for obvious reasons.

  3. “Obama is labeled as a liberal, and therefore he COULDN’T have increased something like energy production. Only conservatives do that!!”

    Funny thing about that slam is that Obama isn’t really a liberal and the GOP isn’t really conservative. I guess those old labels die hard.

  4. Isn’t it interesting how liberals take credit when something goes in their favor, but rant and rave over the same issues when they have nothing to do with the outcome. Rachel Maddow and her fellow cronies at MSNBC blew a fuse when Bush approved oil drilling permits but now that that oil is coming on line, they are all giddy since it is increasing production during the Obama administration.

    The Bush administration approved 867 well permits during an 18 month period from Jan 2005 to June 2007. That oil is now online and increasing our domestic production. The Obama administration has approved 296 wells from Jan 2009 to June 2011. That is only 35% the rate approved in the prior administration, so maybe it is fair that Obama needs to play some defense with the rising price of oil.

    He CAN NOT keep blaming the bad economy on Bush 36 months after Bush left office and then take credit himself for the increased oil production that is coming on line due to new wells approved 36 months prior to taking office. But the liberals will try one way or the other.

  5. You can certainly credit Bush for opening up more energy reserves. And you can credit Obama with doing the same. What you can’t do, and what GOP candidates are doing, is claim that Obama’s policies somehow hamstrung the energy industry and so we need to blame him for high oil and gas prices. Its simply not true.

  6. And yea we can keep blaming the crappy economy on the Bush years. Because things have actually gotten better since Obama has been in the Oval. But you woudn’t know it because were lost so much off the top during the Bush years we haven’t gotten back to where we were yet. FDR wasn’t responsible for the Great Depression, not even in 1938 when it was still going on, because the initial problem was larger then him and anything they could do to get out of it.

    What you are claiming is there is an expiration date on the effects of a recession. That regardless of the depth of it, 3 years into the next administration should be enough to recoup the losses and be back to normal. That is an absurd line of reasoning. You can ABSOLUTELY blame the previous guys for mucking it up for any number of years if they have actually mucked it up that bad. Let say it was even worse than it was. Lets say the entire financial system collapsed. This is not a funny one because we were almost there. You think 3 years, or even 13 are enough to restore a 14 trillion dollar economy back to its glory days? Get real.

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