Back when George W. Bush was president, the Democrats wasted no time in blaming him for increases in the price of gasoline. Citing everything from his domestic energy policy to the war in Iraq, they tried, with some success, to make the American people believe that $4.00 a gallon gasoline--and the economic disruption it caused--was his fault and his fault alone.
Never mind that they successfully blocked the implementation of Bush’s national energy strategy for years. Or that they refused to go along with his push to allow energy exploration in the frozen wastelands of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Or that they continued to push for environmental policies that made it nearly impossible to move gasoline around in U.S. markets to deal with shortages. Whatever happened to the price of gasoline was, in their world, Bush’s fault.
Fast forward two years. The price of gasoline is once again headed in a steadily northward direction, once again closing in on $4.00 a gallon. In fact, since Barack Obama became president, the price is up nearly 90 percent, largely because of things his administration has done and, in some cases, because of things it hasn’t done. Yet when it comes to assigning blame for the problem all you hear from the people who used to criticize Bush is crickets.
Earlier this week the Republicans on the House Natural Resources Committee issued a blistering indictment of Obama’s energy policy, showing just how his actions and inactions on critical issues have led directly to an increase in the price at the pump.
According to the committee, among the roadblocks the Obama sdministration has put in place in America’s energy sector are:
By themselves, each of these actions are damaging to the U.S. economy. Taken together, they are disastrous.
It is surprising that these issues have not been given more attention, which is probably the reason that Obama has thus far escaped the blame for rising gasoline prices. The tide, however, is starting to turn. A new Rasmussen national survey found that 76 percent of Americans believe the country does not do enough to develop its job-creating domestic oil and gas resources and that a clear majority of Americans support increasing American energy production to help lower costs and create jobs.
The president is defying the will of the people--and its only a matter of time before the consequences of his repeated refusals to allow for increased U.S. energy production catch up with him.