Conservative group hits Obama during American energy swing
March 21st, 2012
10:36 AM ET
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Conservative group hits Obama during American energy swing

(CNN) – As President Barack Obama swings through 2012 battleground states Wednesday and Thursday to highlight American-made energy, an opposing conservative group will hit the airwaves slamming what they say is an "untested and naïve" White House energy plan.

Crossroads GPS, a conservative political action group, said Wednesday it would spend $650,000 to run a 30-second ad in New Mexico, Ohio and Nevada to coincide with Obama's energy tour. All three states are considered battlegrounds in November's general election. Obama is also stopping in Oklahoma, a state that votes solidly Republican.

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The ad, called "Deflect," lists Obama administration decisions it asserts have contributed to the increase in the cost of energy.

"President Obama's administration restricted oil production in the gulf, limited development of American oil shale, and President Obama personally lobbied to kill a pipeline to bring oil from Canada," the ad states.

It concludes, "The president's playing politics. Tell President Obama bad energy policies mean energy prices we can't afford."

On his tour, Obama plans to announce in Cushing, Oklahoma, that his administration will expedite the permit for the southern half of the Keystone XL pipeline. In January, the Obama administration denied a permit for the 1,700-mile-long Keystone XL oil pipeline, which would stretch from Canada's tar sands development to the U.S. Gulf Coast.

The president of Crossroads GPS said the White House was ignoring important sources of American energy in the pursuit of untested technology.

"Instead of delivering practical solutions to make energy more affordable, President Obama is pursuing restrictive and naïve policies that are hurting families at the pump and in their utility bills," Crossroads GPS president Steven Law said. "There are plenty of supply-boosting solutions Obama could adopt immediately, but he remains obsessed with impractical sideshows like algae and Solyndra business schemes."


Filed under: Crossroads GPS • Energy • President Obama
soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. Jarrod

    The price of natural gas has fallen dramatically because of our increased production in places Obama has ZERO power.

    To the naive people that thinks supply and demand doesn't work, you might want to take a look at what has happened when we actually take steps to increase production of a commodity.

    Why are people blaming speculators. They are speculating that Obama will do absolutely nothing to address rising energy costs. Whay are people pissed at them for being right? Since when did being right become a crime?

    March 21, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Get-Real wrote:

    Filled up the car yesterday at a cost of $3.67 per gallon. Gee, there was a time when we were constantly reminded that high gas prices were Bush's fault.
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    People blamed Bush in 2007-2008 because oil prices rose as a result of production cutbacks by OPEC. The OPEC nations that cut production cited Bush's war policies as their reasons. Our ally Saudi Arabia, however, did not cut back production. However, they did not increase production to offset it either, despite Bush's highly embarassing trip to ask them to increase it.

    March 21, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  3. RealityBites

    The Obama administration’s energy policy chief on Tuesday gave himself an A for controlling gas prices.

    Meanwhile, out here in reality.

    The average price of regular gas is now $3.87 a gallon, a record high for March and more than double the $1.85 a gallon price when Obama took office in January 2009, according to the federal Energy Information Administration. The price for a gallon of regular gas has reached $4.35 a gallon in California

    March 21, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  4. Get-Real

    Rudy NYC

    Get-Real wrote:

    Filled up the car yesterday at a cost of $3.67 per gallon. Gee, there was a time when we were constantly reminded that high gas prices were Bush's fault.
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    People blamed Bush in 2007-2008 because oil prices rose as a result of production cutbacks by OPEC. The OPEC nations that cut production cited Bush's war policies as their reasons. Our ally Saudi Arabia, however, did not cut back production. However, they did not increase production to offset it either, despite Bush's highly embarassing trip to ask them to increase it.
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    Like I said, it's OBAMA'S FAULT we have these high gas prices. By the way, it's 'embarrassing not "embarassing".'

    March 21, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  5. 2607

    to Get-Real ... get real

    March 21, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  6. The Real Tom Paine

    Get-Real, please provide proof it's Obama's fault. Simply repeating it endlessly does not make it so. Gas price hikes in 2007 and 2008 were due to factors beyond the control of the president, regardless of their party. What is under our control are efficiency issues and developing alternatives, which the GOP has done their best to oppose in spite of their oft-stated goal of trying anything. We have the best scientists and engineers in the world: is the GOP afraid of what they might be able to produce, since it would put their plutocrats at a strategic disadvantage, at least from a business standpoint?

    March 21, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  7. Al-NY,NY

    the sheep believe whatever is told to them by their masters, Rush, Shamitty, etc so why expect a rational thought from them?

    March 21, 2012 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  8. liyah from Ohio

    For we amerian people who claim to be the most powerful country in the can be astoundingly andridiculously ignorant to the things that happen in the world
    I blame the news media in the US for giving Americans such a narrow perspective of the world. Oil prices are a function of so many factors that to blame an American president alone is just simply dumb. Further more most American have no clue to the fact that the Keyston Pipeline will provide minimal jobs for the Americans and will in fact not affect long term employment at all. In addition in an event of a Leak this pipeline will impact many peoples livelihoods. All for the transportation of oil that will be exported anyway.

    I don’t know how the Republicans and especially fox news can sleep knowing how much misinformation they spread. But then again it appears that they too believe their own lies.

    March 21, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Get-Real wrote:

    Like I said, it's OBAMA'S FAULT we have these high gas prices. By the way, it's 'embarrassing not "embarassing".'
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    I have a handicap.

    March 21, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  10. once upon a horse

    I suggest those who want to blame this on President Obama simply GOOGLE what Republicans said about high gas prices in 2008 and see how things have changed. Even GOP sounding post FoxNews had a very different viewpoint then as compared to now. But of course part of the GOP mantra has been "that was then, this is NOW!" It goes along with "blame Obama when things are bad, BUT give him no credit when things are good!"

    March 21, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  11. Larry L

    During this political year nobody is mentioning global climate change. The world's scientific community is in strong agreement that man's buring of fossil fuels is significantly accellerating the process – with only the folks associated with the related industries (including grants and research money) taking another position. It was a similar situation when tobacco was related to cancer and companies spent huge money creating a revised "science" to keep those cancer sticks in production.

    We are constantly talking about the future we are leaving our grandchildren because of the deficit. The impact of rapid global climate change could make the deficit seem like a small problem. I do find it ironic that so many of the conservatives who challenge the science behind global climate change also believe the earth to be less than 6000 years old. You really can't have it both ways. We need fossil fuels to help us bridge to a future of renewable energy but pretending that climate change isn't accellerated by the practice is delusional.

    March 21, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  12. Mom to 3

    Great article out by Associated Press today showing a historical analysis of US oil production and gas prices. Turns out US oil production has no bearing on gas prices. In periods of peak US production, gas prices don't go down. President Obama is right to focus on alternative fuels. The fact is alternative fuels are the future. Our grandchildren are not going to thank us for sticking our heads in the sand and pretending there is not a problem with continuing to rely on oil. President Obama is forward-thinking, the GOP is full of backward-looking people who stubbornly don't want to change.

    March 21, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  13. Mike Texoma

    Largest number of drilling rigs operating in the us in years. More federal lands, on and off shore, opened to drilling in years. Highest fuel economy standards for new automobiles and trucks ever. Domestic oil roduction at the highest level in many years. If you do not think this president is doing what he reasonably can to reduce supply pressure on oil prices, you do not know what you are talking about.

    Do conservatives reallly believe there are no environmental consequences to burning fossill fuels, and no need to reduce carbon emissions in America? Do conservatives other than the rebublican governor of Kansas really think building the pipeline across the ogallala aquifer is the right approach? Do conservatives really believe the federal government should intervene in the oil markets to impose big government sanctions on speculators? Do conservatives really believe that bombing Iran wil bring down the price of middle east oil?

    This is hot air people. Pure and simple campaign rhetoric. If it is not setting off your B.S. detector, you need to take it to the shop and have it serviced.

    March 21, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  14. Get-Real

    The Real Tom Paine

    Get-Real, please provide proof it's Obama's fault. Simply repeating it endlessly does not make it so. Gas price hikes in 2007 and 2008 were due to factors beyond the control of the president, regardless of their party. What is under our control are efficiency issues and developing alternatives, which the GOP has done their best to oppose in spite of their oft-stated goal of trying anything. We have the best scientists and engineers in the world: is the GOP afraid of what they might be able to produce, since it would put their plutocrats at a strategic disadvantage, at least from a business standpoint?
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    Obama said while running for president he wanted higher gas prices. Seems this is one campaign promise Obama has kept. One of the first things he did in office was to prohibit on/off shore drilling. Since Democrats claimed high gas prices were Bush's fault when he was president than the logically thinking would be this time around it's Obama's fault we now have these high gas prices. Like they say, "goose is good for the gander"

    March 21, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  15. Pander Bear

    Crossroads = Karl Rove = total garbage.

    March 21, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  16. mk1

    Let's see, we have more drilling rigs in operation than in history, we are producing more oil per day today than in the past decade, we have lowered our imports to under 50% for the first time in years, we have such a glut of gas we are actually exporting it, the price of natural gas is at an all time low, and yet prices are still on the rise. Oh yes, the keystone pipeline is to be used for exporting oil, not internal use, just ask the Canadian oil company owner who said that to Congress. Also, 88% of political donations by energy companies goes to the GOP and you wonder why the GOP wants to let them do whatever they want.
    Speculators are definitely a factor. It has never made sense to me as an average person that someone can sit in an office on Wall Street and buy and sell commodities of any type. I know enough about business and whenever you add a layer, you add cost. Also, these people have no ability to take delivery of the commodity they buy, and that should never be allowed, they can either take delivery or they can not be allowed to trade in that commodity. That should be the law. We are getting screwed and we just keep letting it happen.

    March 21, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  17. Marry

    In 1972, 40 years ago, the gas prices in the US jumped for the first time over 1$ a gallon. In 40 years the country has not understood that it is time to THINK about future energy sources seriously. It seems to be a gen-defect that people are of the opinion: Cheap gasoline is OURS never mind changing conditions and situations – we the people demand it! They do sound like little children whining for sweets. It is time to grow up and work hard on ole-independence. And while at it, better come up with something ecologically sound! Oh, here the GOP comes promising 2.50$ a gallon…run!

    March 21, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  18. James Mason

    This nation has been making excuses for not doing what needs to be done on energy since the 1970s. I do not get how the GOP can – on the one hand – tell us we have a responsibility not to hand off debt to our children – and on the other hand – fail to do anything about handing our children a sustainable economy built on sustainable sources of energy.

    March 21, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  19. JRuss

    Since oil is valued on the world market in US dollars why is no one talking about cost increasing due to a devalued dollar – something that the president (throught the fed) has some oversight?

    March 21, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
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