Let me take you back to October 2008 when candidate Obama was running for the White House against John McCain.
Q: How much can we reduce foreign oil imports?
OBAMA: In ten years, we can reduce our dependence so that we no longer have to import oil from the Middle East or Venezuela. Number one, we need to expand domestic production and that means telling the oil companies the 68 million acres that they currently have leased that they’re not drilling, use them or lose them.
McCAIN: We can eliminate our dependence on Middle Eastern oil and Venezuelan oil. Canadian oil is fine. We can eliminate our dependence on foreign oil by building 45 new nuclear power plants. With wind, tide, solar, natural gas, with development of flex fuel, hybrid, clean coal technology, we can, within seven, eight, ten years, eliminate our dependence on the places in the world that harm our national security.
Source: 2008 third presidential debate against John McCain , Oct 15, 2008
$15B to free us from foreign oil in 10 years
I’ve called for an investment of $15 billion a year over 10 years. Our goal should be, in 10 year’s time, we are free of dependence on Middle Eastern oil. And we can do it. Now, when JFK said we’re going to the Moon in 10 years, nobody was sure how to do it, but we understood that, if the American people make a decision to do something, it gets done. So that would be priority number one.
Source: 2008 second presidential debate against John McCain , Oct 7, 2008
Sounds like a guy that was willing to work with oil companies to help make this vital commodity less expensive, and our country less dependent on the often hostile countries that provide it.
Then we read this CBS article here. which states that the average American family is spending $4,155 dollars on gasoline this year. That amount is greater than any other year in history, and a higher percentage of our income than any year since 1981.
Back in April Barack Obama announced the start of a new committee to root out any causes of price tampering and fraud. A special task force was announced. And little or nothing has been heard from them since….
My problem? Right now, as you read this, the President is refusing to consider the Keystone oil pipeline from Canada that could help us toward some relief. He is playing politics while the average working class family (his favorite family to talk about) struggles with the highest sustained gas prices in history.
And for this he thinks he deserves re election?
And lastly, I thought it was the Republicans who were responsible for high gas prices? Obama takes more campaign donations from big oil than any other politician in history.