Because the president seems to believe that the United States must somehow remain dependent on foreign sources of oil, the vast supplies of crude oil beneath the U.S. mainland and in Alaska -- and the waters north of that state -- remain untapped.
Incredibly, Obama is giving Brazil a fortune to finance offshore drilling -- and wants to buy Brazil's oil -- while refusing to allow our own oil companies to do their own drilling in the area.
None of this makes any sense. But it all spells trouble for Obama's chances of hanging on to the White House in 2012.
He's running on an empty tank. And he can't say, "Fill 'er up!"