As reported at the Washington Examiner, Obama jokingly tells a questioner
“If you’re complaining about the price of gas and you’re only getting 8 miles a gallon, you know,” Obama said laughingly. “You might want to think about a trade-in.”
Got that, you rube? Not that many vehicles short of half-tracks get only eight miles per gallon, but the essential point is that, contra Obama, if you can’t afford to fill up your tank, how, exactly, can you pony up lots of green for a greener car?
Obama’s energy policy is to lie, and tell us he’s helping us while he actually helps OPEC and, most recently, Brazil. Brazil, where Obama was eager to provide loan guarantees worth $2 billion while wanting to import more from them.
As for developing still-plentiful oil resources here at home, a few points made at the Examiner:
- Immediately after taking office in 2009, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, canceled 77 leases for oil and gas drilling in Utah.
- The EPA announced new rules mandating the use of 36 billion gallons worth of renewable fuels (like ethanol) by 2020.
- Last summer President Obama needlessly instituted, not one, but two outright drilling bans in the Gulf of Mexico.
- After rescinding his outright offshore drilling ban, President Obama has refused to issue any new drilling permits in the Gulf, a policy that the Energy Information Administration estimates will cut domestic offshore oil production by 13% this year
- Interior Secretary Salazar announced that the eastern Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic coast, and the Pacific coast will not be developed, effectively banning drilling in those areas for the next seven years;
- The Environmental Protection Agency has announced new global warming regulations for oil refineries;
- Interior Secretary Salazar announced new rules making it more difficult to develop energy resources on federal land.
- The EPA is slowing a pipeline that would expand U.S. access to Canadian oil sands.
I think Obama is right that we might want to think about a trade in. Come November 2012, that is.