Washington (CNN) - Democrats and Republicans accused each other of stymieing progress toward lower gas prices and energy independence in their weekly addresses Saturday.
"Americans are right to worry that no relief is in sight," Rep. Doc Hastings of Washington said for the Republicans. "The president, who campaigned on a promise to address rising gas prices, now talks as if they're largely beyond his control."
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But Obama said "we can't just drill our way out of this problem" in his push for new forms of energy.
The president, who spoke to union auto workers in Washington this week, said retooling and bailout out of Detroit, coupled with new standards, prevented deeper economic drops and will lead to increased fuel efficiency.
"So in exchange for help, we demanded responsibility," Obama said. "We got the companies to retool and restructure. Everyone sacrificed. And three years later, the American auto industry is back."
Several Republican presidential candidates have criticized Obama for the bailout, which started under President George W. Bush. Critics argue a route through bankruptcy court would have been better for the car makers and taxpayers alike.
In his address, the president used words that have plagued one candidate, Mitt Romney, as he fought to win Michigan's primary on Tuesday: "Let Detroit go bankrupt," the title to an op-ed authored by Romney arguing for the managed bankruptcy route.
"If we had let this great American industry collapse - if we had let Detroit go bankrupt," Obama said, "more than 1 million Americans would have lost their jobs in the middle of the worst recession since the Great Depression."
Hastings, who chairs the House Natural Resources Committee, criticized the president for blocking the Keystone project and other drilling initiatives, including in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge, Rocky Mountains and offshore.
The president's all-of-the-above energy plan, he said, is not up to par with the Republican plan.
"Actions speak louder than words," he said. "Republicans have followed through on our 'all-of-the-above' approach and passed through the House bipartisan reforms that break down government barriers to our natural resources."
Energy policy - and gas prices in particular - have been in the spotlight on the campaign trail.
GOP candidate Newt Gingrich has said that as president, he would lower gas prices to $2.50 per gallon. Experts have cast doubt on the claim, calling it "political rhetoric."