Romney calls for firing top energy officials
March 18th, 2012
10:51 AM ET
10 years ago

Romney calls for firing top energy officials

Washington (CNN) -Mitt Romney escalated Republican attacks on President Barack Obama's energy policies Sunday, calling for the firing or resignations of what he labeled the "gas hike trio" of top energy and environment officials in the administration.

The Republican presidential hopeful's remarks on "Fox News Sunday" illustrated a GOP strategy to target Obama for rising gas prices as part of a campaign narrative that depicts the president as stifling U.S. production in order to boost alternative energy sources.


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  1. vic , nashville ,tn

    July 2008 crude oil prices was $147 and average regular gas price above $4.11

    Romney didn’t talk about this in 2008 I am sorry that time he quit the race

    March 18, 2012 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Mittens has once again shown he is unfit to be president. He has no understanding of the role speculators have on the price of oil. Even the Kochs would not like having to give up their 60 cents a gallon on gasoline.

    March 18, 2012 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  3. Scef

    Of course he would, he likes firing people. How hypocritical can he be? I thougt he was for free markets? I do not here him crying about the oil companies raking in billions at the expense of average Americans.

    March 18, 2012 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  4. Doreen Johnson

    Our gas prices up here (Canada) are about $6/gallon. Did Obama's energy people hike those too? Really? Are Americans stupid enough to fall for this nonsense?

    March 18, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    With the GOP abandoning helping the president create jobs, the only things they have left for their bumper stickers are their "Probe, baby, probe," of women, and "Two more wars!"

    March 18, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  6. jesse james. take them to street and shoot them like the dogs they are

    Mr flip flop you are the cause that gas prices keep going up. If you want to fight a war you should wit your five sons sanatrium the $2.50 man. Just shut up and quit plastic man

    March 18, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  7. Matthew

    Constant War w/ Iran drum beating doesn't lower gas prices.

    March 18, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  8. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Mittens is sounding as nutty as Gingrich.

    March 18, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  9. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I always thought that Mittens was a closet socialist.

    March 18, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  10. geg

    like romney said -when we send our sons and daughters to war they must have a clear mission–what he means is your sons and daughters

    March 18, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  11. Four and The Door

    I say we fire the entire Administration. Even if gas comes down to $0.30 per gallon. These guys top-to-bottom have shown they have no clue about the impact of their decisions. They just like making decisions that please the liberal base. That's why when the results come in they look nothing like what was promised up front. Obama counts on Americans having an attention span short enough not to put the two together. But American voters are smarter than that. Romney 2012!

    March 18, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  12. Jj

    Shouldn't he be trying to pull his failing campaign out of the toilet

    March 18, 2012 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  13. diridi

    Prosecute the Oil speculators by who are they? I think release reserve, and get Wall Street to be prosecuted, and Oil speculators, this government of US needs to know. Push more Alternative Energy into the Market. Folks need to drive less to curtail consumption. o.k, Get Oil Companies and this solves some price raise. Obama, do it forthwith. It is hurting all. Obama2012. Say no war with Iran, it also solves. Russia is also contributing to this.

    March 18, 2012 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  14. mslauralvirgina

    Of course he does. Thats what he does. If elected he will fire the whole middle class.

    March 18, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  15. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    If American vote to turn our country back to the republicans, after they created a near depression and two wars that they had no plan to pay for, then voters have an attention span of a moron. And still, the GOPers are promising more wars.

    March 18, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  16. hamsta

    obama said he wants energy prices to necesarrily skyrocket.he appoints steven chu to the department of energy.chu also wants energy prices to necessarily skyrocket.he appoints jackson as the head of the environmental protection agency.she wants energy prices to necessarilly skyrocket.whats so necessary about making energy prices skyrocket?is it because its not green energy?green energy isnt so green.ITS A SCAM.FIRE THE GAS HIKE TRIO.

    March 18, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  17. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    And the republicans chant, "Two more wars, two more wars."

    March 18, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  18. jt1962

    at least he didnt say "you know some of my friends own oil companies" or while campaining in Puerto Rico, a lot of my friends own islands.

    March 18, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  19. Gfoos

    Four and the door: wrong! As a liberal, Obama is way too right wing for me! I remember something my football coach once told me: "Complaining is easy- coming up with a solution- that takes dedication and hard work."- seems while repubs are complaining an awful lot, they are mighty short on actual solutions.

    March 18, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  20. Jules

    You would think he would be calling for the firing of the top oil company executives who actually have something to say about what we pay at the pump.

    March 18, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  21. George Adams

    Romney – The liberals' favorite GOP Candidate. Don't vote for Romney. These are a few reasons why:

    1) Romney created RomneyCare which ObamaCare is based on. Romney said he would repeal ObamaCare. Why would he if he supports RomneyCare, he is not telling the truth.

    2) Most decisions Romney made as Govenor was liberal, not conservative. So, what make you think he will be conservative all of a sudden?

    3) Romney lost to McCain by a landslide last GOP Primary, and McCain lost to Obama by a landslide. So, how is Romney going to win this time?

    4) When Obama wishes Romney well in the election and name calls and villianizes the other candidates, beware!

    5) Have you noticed the mass press and critics have shredded apart every GOP candidate except Romney? That is because they know Romney fits their agenda.

    Please, if you love the USA, vote for anyone but Romney.

    March 18, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  22. Daniel

    Of coarse he does... his solution to all financial problems for corporations and countries alike is to lay people off so liabilities go down.

    March 18, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  23. NameOhNoWay

    Nice try Mittens but you are clueless as to the markets setting the prices and the annual cycle of rising prices in sping and summer. Yap yap flap that's all Rs do. Fixed Noise talking points. Pathetic

    March 18, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  24. Thomas

    I cant wait for Mitt to become President .

    Then he can appoint his son Mat as Energy Secretary ,

    All Mitts five sons who avoided military service during Americas longest wars , No they are needed to run this country and return us to our past greatness.

    March 18, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |