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FACT CHECK: Obama, GOP spin recent energy stats

chunter Wrote: Apr 07, 2012 1:57 AM
Your "facts" are half-truths and willful distortions. The EPA mandate is going to close dozens of coal-fired power plants and prevent the construction of countless others since it won't be cost-effective to meet the new ridiculous standards. No drilling in the gulf which leaves it wide open for China and I doubt they're as concerned with our shorelines as a US oil company would be. If there's another spill why would they care? No oil from the Keystone Pipeline, he's letting that go to China by default, costing millions of potential jobs. Is there a secret agreement that China will only continue financing his spending if he gives them everything they want on energy? Other than renewables of course as that's our money-loser, not theirs....

You wouldn't know it from the Republicans, but these are boom times for American energy.

And you wouldn't know it from President Barack Obama, but he has very little to do with that.

From the presidential campaign trail to Congress, Republicans have been hammering Obama for locking up the nation's energy resources. GOP presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney, for one, accuses Obama of pursuing policies "that keep us from using our own energy."

But such complaints don't hold up. The U.S. produced more oil in 2010 than it has since 2003, and all forms of energy production have increased.

Obama is not only hoping that simple,...