Not only does President Obama constantly downplay the amount of oil America has in the ground, he has slowed domestic oil production on federal lands. According to his own Energy Information Agency, oil production on federal lands is down 13 percent this year and onshore leases in 2010 were the lowest since 1984. And the administration has withdrawn leases in Utah and Montana, cancelled sales in coastal regions and finalized burdensome regulations.
There should be absolutely no doubt that the Obama administration’s actions are consistent with the desire to end America’s use of oil, not simply our use of foreign oil. Their policies are not about lowering the price for consumers, but ending the use of oil and expediting our path towards a mysterious fuel of the future.
Even though Americans with cars understand oil is the fuel of the present, the Obama administration believes it is the fuel of the past. And unfortunately for American motorists, the Obama administration has strong and sympathetic allies in the U.S. Senate. This week, the Senate will debate a bill to increase taxes on domestic oil companies.
As is typical, though, they will claim the tax hike is designed to help consumers, who are paying too much at the pump. But when President Obama’s own deputy assistant for energy and climate change was asked if such a tax would lower prices, she deferred, saying it was about “fairness.”
President Obama will not make the argument that his policies are designed to bring down prices at the pump, because they are not. And on rare occasions, he will slip and acknowledge his true goal is to kill oil. That is a tough sell for drivers and voters, which is why President Obama will continue his tour of deflection.
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