(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."