March 1st, 2012
11:07 AM ET

Obama answers high gas prices with broad energy policy

Nashua, NH (CNN) - With the price of a gallon of gas in snowy Nashua, New Hampshire hovering around $3.75 a gallon, President Barack Obama brings his energy message to this battle ground state Thursday.

A White House official tells CNN the president will lay out the importance to the economy of his "all of the above" approach to energy including drilling, increasing vehicle fuel efficiency and investments in alternative fuels in a speech at the Nashua Community College.

But as Republicans attack the administration's energy policy, blaming it in part for soaring gas prices, Mr. Obama is expected to counter those attacks by highlighting what the White House calls his "strong record of developing new domestic energy sources" and to explain that domestic oil and gas production is now at its highest point since 2003.

But high gas prices are hitting hard at Americans' budgets and could affect a sputtering economy and in turn voting patterns especially in this battleground state, which the president won in 2008.
The administration has refused to speculate if it will consider releasing oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to combat the high gas prices.

The president will also renew his call to repeal subsidies for big oil companies, totaling some $4 billion, while urging Congress to vote on it in the coming weeks, according to a White House official.

With additional reporting from Chief White House correspondent Jessica Yellin

Topics: Energy • Gas prices • President Obama • The News

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  1. george of the jungle

    gas subsitides. Im sure the oil companies will go for that.Not! The president is right. That would help more than releasing oil reserves. WE are producing more domestic oil than the last administration and have opened up more ares for exploration. but the repos don't mention any of that. Even George Wills a real consrvitave repo said on Meet the press it was silly to blame the president for the price of oil going up. We will remaine captive to the middle east untill we make majore changes in our energy policy. I also heard a story about oil company profits and wall street profits. Greedy bastards and guess what most are repos.

    March 1, 2012 at 11:47 am |
    • John

      "we are producing more gas" bla, bla, bla – that is the liberal line. So what? It is not enough. This administration has nothing to do with additional oil and they are trying to raise the price of gas to push us to alternatives that do not exist.

      March 1, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
      • Dan5404

        They do exist and they are the only answer to ending dependence on foreign oil. Destroying our air and water resources is far worse than paying higher gas prices. Don't use your bass boats as much, yachts, RVs, gas guzzling monster truck types, take fewer and shorter vacations. Do you really need 3 cars? Can you carpool? Do you cruise around sightseeing? There are many ways we can ease our dependence if we're willing to sacrifice individually.

        March 1, 2012 at 2:26 pm |
      • John

        Dan5404 You say "they do exist" but you do not list anything to back it up. How do you heat your home? Do you drive a car? What kind of fuel do you use? Maybe you don't live in the real world, but you and I couldn't survive without gas guzzeling trucks. And, I have to say, I really laughed when you wrote "take fewer and shorter vacations". Don't you support BO? You may want to reread your post.

        March 1, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
      • Risky

        Didnt Bush take more vacations than Obama? And there are other alternatives. Electric and hybrid cars are all over the place. You can even run your car on used cooking grease.

        March 1, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
      • JS

        Risky, Why do libs feel the need to base BO's accomplishments(or lack there of) on what Bush did? Many of us agree Bush was bad for this country. If that is your measuring stick there is no wonder why you libs think BO is doing a good job.

        March 1, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
      • Volksmom

        It is true there are cars which can run on cooking oil. Cars built to run on diesel will run on processed cooking oil. I actually have one. However, you have to install a secondary fuel system, complete with secondary gas tank in your car to make it work. Also, you are not technically allowed to do so in the US because the EPA is still "investigating" the process and has not deemed it to meet the requirements. However, both the UK and France allow and in the UK, there are government encouragements to make the conversion. Because it is illegal in the US, you have to be able to install the equipment yourself, set up the oil conversion process and be prepared to give up substantial room to the process. I have to wonder if the President is so concerned with options besides petroleum products why his EPA cannot see fit to clear the process for this industry? In the UK, they have stations for the converted cooking oil. It seems a real shame, but then again, there is not a huge lobby pushing it. It's proven to work, but hey, maybe we should all rely on electric cars that catch on fire.

        March 1, 2012 at 6:38 pm |
    • Howard

      Obama is doing everything possible to FORCE his green energy policies on all of us ... even if it means that we will have to pay $10 a gallon for gas. Every product and commodity is moved by trucks. Americans will also be paying a fortune for everything they buy. The green energy companies are a scam. Obama is diverting billions to them, in exchange for campaign contributions, so that he can buy his way into a second term. If Obama gets reelected, there will be nothing to keep him in check, and America will be doomed !!!

      March 1, 2012 at 6:29 pm |
    • Howard

      The reason Obama is ignoring the wisdom of Bill Clinton, regarding the pipeline, is because all Obama cares about is shifting Billions of dollars, to the Green companies, so that they will contribute to his reelection campaign.

      March 1, 2012 at 9:49 pm |
    • wbill

      Oil is not priced for the supply we have today, nor for the demand we have today. It is priced by the market that guesses on the supply we will have and the demand we will have. The demand guess is from progress or the thought of there being mpore economic activity. Future supply is not determined by how much oil there is. It's determined by policy. How much will the world go after 5 years from now? Although it is tough to say. The oil coming out of the ground today was determined by policy in 2007 and 2008. If we remember we were blaming Bush for those environmentally dangerous decisions back then. We must be honest with ourselves. Obama has a trust issue and this nonsense is not gonna help.

      March 2, 2012 at 12:09 am |
  2. simon

    obama is a liar

    March 1, 2012 at 12:06 pm |
    • BWRITS

      simon is an I-D-I-O-T

      March 1, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
      • JS

        BO is using Pac now, he said he wouldn't so that is a lie. He told the church they would exempt from healthcare laws related to the abortion pill, that was a lie. He told the American people they could keep their primary care doctor, that is a lie. Should I go on? People who do not have a clue shouldn't call people idiots.

        March 1, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
      • Howard

        You're the I-D-I-O-T !!!

        March 1, 2012 at 9:50 pm |
  3. John

    The interview w/Debbie Wasserman Schultz yesterday was priceless. They showed clips of her lambasting Bush on the floor of the house. Then she was questioned on why high gas prices were Bush's fault when he was in office, but BO is not responsible now. Let's just say she didn't do well...

    March 1, 2012 at 12:09 pm |
  4. maf

    No country can count on utilization of a non-renewable resource forever because, in this case – OIL WILL RUN OUT!!!
    If you are unhappy about the price of a gallon of gasoline – STOP DRIVING YOUR VEHICLE!!!
    There are many options for getting from point A to point B. Walk, ride your bicycle or yikes, use public transportation!
    You might even get yourself into better shape!
    Quit carping on something that is an international commodity and the President has no control over. GWB presided at a time when gas was over $4 a gallon.

    March 1, 2012 at 12:11 pm |
    • Howard

      Obama's demonizing of oil ,and promotion of 'green energy' is just a smoke screen for shifting billions of dollars and enormous power, to Obama's campaign contributors. In addition to the payback he gets from 'green companies', for our tax dollars that he sends their way ... millions of average American citizens are being fleeced as well. Obama counts on P.T. Barnum's observation, that there's a SUCKER BORN EVERY MINUTE !!! ... and, there are plenty of liberal suckers who contribute heavily to the Obama campaign. If Obama gets a second term, this country is DOOMED.

      March 1, 2012 at 12:34 pm |
      • Carl

        Not too bright are you?

        March 1, 2012 at 1:09 pm |
    • John

      Never was $4. per gallon this time of year. Look it up. You libs keep throwing Bush out there – if you beleive what you said about gas prices not being the fault of the president why the Fu@* would you throw Bush's name out there and the price of gas as if it were his fault? You libs try to have it both ways and trip all over yourselves with your BS.

      March 1, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
      • maf

        @ John or JS or whoever the heck you are. . .
        I never stated that gas was $4 / gallon "at this time of year"?? I was also just stating a fact, not throwing stones. If you care to look, gas was in fact over $4/gallon in Atlanta (I was there visiting) in '08 when Bush was still in office!!

        Stop playing bully, go take your meds and stop calling everyone who disagrees with you a "lib". I am a socialist, as I will always choose people over money. I did not complain about the high price of gasoline, I changed my circumstances to not rely on a vehicle anymore. Go rant on someone else's parade. . . oh, I see you already have.

        March 1, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
      • JS

        Lib, socialist – many of the people who hold these views today have very similar views – it's like that comedian who donated a million bucks to BO – he claims to be some kind of lib, but he holds socialistic views. I guess my point is – I call them the way I see them – and that is the way I read into your comments. As far as the price of gas, I said what I said and it was and it was the truth. It was said in response to your comment about Bush and the price of gas. You made a point that the price of gas wasn't the presidents fault and that TODAY's high price of gas happened under Bush, like it was his fault. Why else would you put his name out there. Gas is naturally higher in the middle of the summer. Therefore, $4 now is a very high price compared to $4 in the middle of July.
        I understand you libs think you are smarter than everyone else and love to talk down to people. But most of all, you hate it when someone calls you on your BS.

        March 1, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
    • Chris

      How do you know it will run out? no one knows.

      March 1, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  5. simon


    March 1, 2012 at 12:42 pm |
  6. StormerF

    Funny how Pelosi blamed Bush for in 2008 for higher gasoline prices but it is not Obama's fault,the same with the Idiot from Flordia ,Debbie Shultz.

    March 1, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
  7. OBAMA2012's not a question of "if" Obama get's a second term but "when". Go sit your bitter old a** down somewhere and enjoy the ride. Afterall, the country took a major screwing from the repubs for years. dont tell me Bush didnt make boat loads of money off oil, war, overseas investments. If he didnt it's because he was too iliterate to speak for himself. His dumb a** couldnt even put a sentence together that was written for him. You have some nerve trying to degrade Obama after the shambles Bush's bi**ch ass
    left this country in.

    March 1, 2012 at 1:45 pm |
    • Txjack

      Here you go again with the name calling.
      No actual facts or even intelligent replies.

      Nope. Nothing factual to bring to the discussion
      Just outright name calling.

      Fact before Obama took office gas was below $3.00.
      In Texas it was $2.19 on Dec. 2007.

      We had high paying jobs and were not borrowing from the Chinese.
      Already had a plan in motion to pull trops out of the Middle East.

      Now with Obama we have High Gas Prices around $4.00
      Low paying jobs and borrowing from the Chinese.
      Went to war with Libya.

      Humm Greta Job Obama. Keep it up.

      March 1, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
      • jean2009

        July 2008-gasoline $4.21 per gallon

        March 1, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
      • John

        It's typical. When the facts aren't on your side all you can do is rant...

        March 1, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
      • BWRITS

        So, LYING is a lesser sin than naming calling????

        March 1, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
      • JS

        BWR – what the heck are you talking about?

        March 1, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
    • Txjack

      Hey Omaba2012.

      Nothing Smart to say?

      Did not think so.

      March 1, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
    • JS

      "when"? Never.

      March 1, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
    • truth

      ob is a big fat lier and you and every one that believes in him in any way is a tard. who gives a crapp who made the gas price problem worse bush or ob only that ob is not doing crap to change it. so shame on him and you for believing in his line of bs.

      March 3, 2012 at 8:06 pm |
  8. jean2009

    Here are the 10 Top Reasons For Going Green.
    Actually the $20 Billion we as Americans could save every year would go directly into the pockets of those people who make the choice to convert to green energy.

    We must convert to green energy or be left behind in the 21st Century. This isn't a new thought we have been talking about it for years...we are too dependent on foreign fuel and that needs to change.

    We may be providing more of our own oil, but it is not going to last forever. Currently we import 60% of the oil from foreign sources. It took us 125 years to use the first Trillion barrels of oil, at the current rate we will use the next Trillion in 30 years. It is estimated that currently if we paid the correct real price for gasoline we would be paying $16.50 a gallon. Back in 1998 it was estimated that the true cost of a gallon of gasoline at that time was $15.14. This is based on the true cost when you consider what is added to the cost of everything else you purchase from insurance to the added cost for shipping and manufacturing merchandise ....and I really doubt they have estimated the true cost of the unrest in the world, and the cost of war for each driver.

    March 1, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
    • John

      Jean, if the market doesn't drive this and the governmnet tries to force things down our throats, like the exploding car, or the billion dollar solar panels, of subsidies to the unions to make facilities more energy efficient, or algie, or wind turbos, or anything else that is not ready for prime time I don't want it. I assume you heat your house with solar panels? And.. you drive an electric car? Most likely, like me, you can't afford it. Maybe if you "sacrifice" and give up food or heat and just sit at home and do nothing it will help promote the green stuff.

      March 1, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
      • KatR

        John....I want to share that we have friends who live way off (emphasize way off) from a paved road. They have a lovely home with all of the latest appliances including TV, freezer, dishwasher, etc. And the whole electric load doesn't cost them a penny. That's because the electrical power they need comes from the sun. Around 10 solar panels a short distance from the house are connected via underground cable to a battery room, which connects to the main circuit box. Also, before oil was even discovered in America there were many, many windmills dotting the western and very windy landscape. That wind power ran a pump to extract water from deep in the earth. And so, John, et al, don't knock sumpin' until you know more about the subject. Have a nice day.

        March 1, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
      • jean2009

        Thank you Kat.. -John only sees things in one focus...he never looks at the total picture.
        I can remember the windmill that powered the generator for the pump on my grandfather's farm. That was in the 1940's. If our grandparents could harness wind energy with not an electric line in sight....we could do the same.

        March 1, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
      • JS

        Jean, focus is focus and my focus is fine. How many different kinds of focus do you utilize? You talk about technology that hasn't caught on from 1940? Doesn't that tell you anything? Are you using a windmill for ANYTHING in you life now? I didn't think so. You libs are all pie in the sky with nothing to hold your hat on. Do you want me to put a frea*()* windmill on my car? You libs want us to be Greece? Guess what, they drive cars that run on gas.

        March 1, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
      • JS

        KatR – Given the fact that the wind mills went away may tell you something. Just like the electric cars that were around in the 50's.
        You crazy libs think we can run this entire country on wind and sun today? If not, your argument is all wet. It is telling that you did not refer to yourself, but talked about some fantasy type people who live way, way out there.
        Have a nice day.

        March 1, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
      • JS

        Jean, so we all know how libs think – tell us what you were thanking KatR for?

        March 1, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
      • jean2009

        @JS....Answer this please..... back in the early 1900's to about 1920 ceiling fans were all the rage....then for years and years no one had a ceiling until the energy crisis of the 1970's then low and behold the ceiling fan became a rage again. I would even bet you currently have one in your home. They do help cut the cost of having an air conditioner run so much...which in turn saves money. Isn't that exactly what energy savings is all about saving money and saving the environment.

        March 1, 2012 at 6:12 pm |
      • jean2009

        @JS.....History....think about it.
        Thomas Edison had an electric car in 1913. Actually Mrs. Henry Ford hated the smell of gasoline and drove an electric car up to 1938. New York City had electric taxi's in 1897.

        It sure would PO the Saudi's and get us off of foreign oil.
        Electric ceiling fans 1900-1920.
        Sometimes history has a way of repeating itself.!/2011/12/rise-and-fall-of-electric-car-in-early.html

        I recently was looking through National Geographic examined an Anglo-Saxon horde of gold found in England and low and behold one small piece of gold with raised bumps overlaid with garnet that worked on the same principle as our car taillights, or driveway reflectors of today. To think the piece dates to about 650 AD.

        March 1, 2012 at 6:35 pm |
      • John

        I have 3 celing fans in my house. I am not an expert on the history of celing fans, but I would guess the depression had an impact on fans, as well as the war when every available resource was dedicated to the war. I am not sure what you point is. I think we all agree – there are important reasons for going green. I feel the private sector needs to drive it.
        Don't you find it ironic that you mention alternative energy that has nothing to do with the governmnet? Most of us want change, we simply don't want the governmnet to drive their agenda and nudge us towards what they want. It reminds me of the Jimmy Carter days. I certainly don't want to go back to those days.

        March 2, 2012 at 6:53 am |
    • Joey

      We all want cheaper more abundant energy, but at this time what else is there? People still need to get to work, transport goods, etc and we would gladly change to a cheaper more abundant form of energy if it's available. It's too bad cold fusion didn't turn out to be the holy grail a lot thought it would, it would be the obvious way to go.

      March 1, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
  9. Txjack

    With Canada having the 3rd largest proven oil reserves.

    The Obama administration is doing everything in their power to stop the import of Canadian oil.
    But instead keeps encouraging developing Brazilian oil reserves. Number 16 in the list

    Now Obama lends $2 Billion to Petrobras a Brazilian Oil company owned by Saros.
    George Saros help put Obama into office.

    Why have there NOT been any hearings into the huge jump in gas process?

    Because it will disclose the truth about where he his getting his money from.

    Obama is Claiming Foreign Tax Credit in almost 1 million.

    The only president in history to claim Foreign Tax Credit.
    Yet he will disclose what the source is other then list “Various”


    March 1, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
    • jean2009

      In looking at Newt Gingrich's and Mitt Romney's tax returns online at the same link .....they also show the same foreign tax credit paperwork. I'm sure many people who have savings parked in International or Global mutual funds also have Foreign Tax credit paperwork.

      You do know the president doesn't manage his money it is in a blind trust while he holds the office of president? That is standard for all presidents.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
      • JS

        Hmmm, I seem to remember the lib press killing Romney over his blind trust. But, the same press won't touch the same exact subject if it involves BO.
        Aren't you libs aware of the fact that the media is totally bias? Doesn't it bother you? If not, why not? You libs are making a mockery of Brightbart'd death and he was simply telling the truth, but you support the lame stream press who spins stories into lies.

        March 1, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
      • Txjack

        But he was claiming Foreign Tax Credit even before he was in the White House.

        Oh and making a million plus a year when he was a senator and claiming Child Care credit.

        Yup good fair wealth distribution.

        He is a scam artist. Sorry.

        March 1, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
      • Txjack

        No other president has ever claimed Foreign Tax Credit.
        What is even worse he will not disclose where they are except for ”Various”
        Again I say a scam artist.

        March 1, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
      • Txjack

        Also I went through every single Presidential Tax Return took 3 days.
        No other president has ever claimed Foreign Tax Credit.

        March 1, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
      • jean2009

        @Txjack You are an idiot.

        It looks like Newt and Romney are claiming foreign tax credits and they are not president either at this point.

        As for child care tax credits...believe me... anyone who has children under age 13 and pays for child care, or nursery school can claim the child tax credits. Those would be everyday people like my neighbors. The last I checked the president has children. When I looked at the returns I note that deduction ended once he became president.

        When he was a senator both he and Michelle worked so I assume if they needed someone to care for two young daughters both under the age of 13. They would have been entitled to the deduction. I'm sure many congressmen and senators claim that deduction if they have children and both work. I do not find the $700 child care tax credit deductions on their tax returns for 2003 & 2004, nor the $1200 each for 2005 & 2006 exorbitant.

        Since when does being an Illinois state senator, a U.S.senator, or a president forfeit a taxpayer the right to a legitimate deduction? I also think that any number of accountants probably went over their returns to make sure they were accurate to the Nth degree.

        March 1, 2012 at 5:10 pm |
      • jean2009

        @Txjack.....George W. Bush claimed a Foreign Tax Credit on line 51 of his 2007 Tax return, a Foreign Tax credit on line 47of his 2006 return;on line 47of his 2005 return; line 46 of his 2004 return;line 44 of 2003 return.
        Dick Cheney on line 51 of his 2007 return is Foreign Tax Credit for $11,031 but for many years he did not provide his full return.

        So how did you miss complaining about that?

        FYI Since neither Bush or Cheney had children under the age of 13, they would not have qualified for a Child Care Tax Credit. If they had those expenses and qualified, I am sure they would have taken the deductions.

        March 1, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
      • Nina

        I do agree with all of the concepts you've foefred on your post. They're really convincing and will definitely work. Still, the posts are too short for beginners. Could you please prolong them a bit from next time? Thanks for the post.

        April 3, 2012 at 12:57 pm |
    • jean2009

      President Obama's 2010 tax return, page 2 line 47claims $22, 215 as Foreign Tax Credit....which is no way near the million you stated.

      For the love of heaven at least post facts.

      March 1, 2012 at 5:55 pm |
  10. Ray E. (Georgia)

    There has been talk about developing an Energy Policy long before Obama became President. As most know it has never happened. The only Energy Policy is whatever you can get away with. Prices will rise and fall with demand. It would be nice if we could all just go forward into the 24th Century and everything would work like Startrek. Not going to happen. fossul Fuels are a fact of life llke it or not. Beam me up Scotty !!!

    March 1, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
    • JS

      Libs don't want to hear that stuff. It is Jimmy Carter all over again with this administration. If this administration has their way the gas lines will be back – does anyone remember even/odd license plate days? How about "don't turn your thermostat above 59 degrees"? That was Jimmy carter and it is happening all over again.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
  11. David

    New energy takes many years to get online and dent oil and gas prices. We needed to be drilling everywhere 10 years ago. Gas prices are at a recession trigger point and we can't fix it. This should be scaring Obama because the one place where Romney trumps Obama is the economy. Romney understands it better than anyone. I saw Jack Welsh saying that Romney has a history of fixing things like the Olympics, MA govt which had a big budget gap, and other places. If the economy sinks Romney has a chance, but that is the only way. Obama has to know it. Reducing price on a globally traded commodity is not easy. It is sold on multiple markets worldwide and as President it will be difficult to fix the issue before it is too late.

    March 1, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
    • jean2009

      If I remember rightly the 2002 Salt Lake Olympics got a big fat bailout from the American taxpayers to the tune of $1.3 Billion dollars.

      As for Massachusetts: He left the state with a $1.3 Billion Budget Gap according to the New York Times-3-16-2007.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
  12. jerry

    soon the GOP will control all three branches and we get our country back....enough of this obama garbage...the govt overstep.. and fake energy policy...facts dont support anything he does in regard to is all a political manipulation and the truly ignorant always just eat it up. 46% of voters polled said they would not vote for obama under any circumstance...and the rest will soon see obama as he is...a radical socialist and America the GOP turn their attention to dismanteling obama and company...even the birth certificate and obama's social security number issues are returning to focus...and the process begins.

    March 1, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
  13. jerry

    gas prices...the point is prices have risen 36 days in a row and the markets are very volitle as the middle east unrest continues...and THIS IS WHAT MAKES IT OBAMA'S problem. It is widely known obama suports higher fuel prices, he said that back in 2008, it is on film. Obama is a radical socialist and this is what radical leftist do..bend you to their if you want more of this just vote for the new democratic party..the socilist party of America...and you will get it. Higher taxes...higher fuel costs...and much much more government.

    March 1, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
  14. jean2009

    In 1973 gasoline was about .39 cents per gallon in 1974 it was about .69 cents per gallon. Now we have an even greater world demand than we did then. Gasoline is a commodity that will fluctuate depending on demand and world tension. It may have not been this high before May in the past, but then we have had one of the warmest winters on record...and people are driving more.

    March 1, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
    • Txjack

      It is all about how much money they can make before we say ”That’s Enough”
      I would love to see Mobile/Exxon records.
      Probably read like Enron all over again but going up to high government levels.
      It is all GREED.

      March 1, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
  15. JS

    Jean, with the money BO is wasting you really want to talk about Budget Gaps? At least Romney had a (balanced) budget. And, didn't BO vote yes for that bailout you are talking about? all Romney did was ask. BO and the gang actually approved that 1.3Billion. So what is your point?

    March 1, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
    • jean2009

      My grandfather always said perspective depends on whose ox is being gored. If I remember right that Olympic bailout happened in 2002 and Barack Obama was still an Illinois State Senator he didn't vote on an Olympic bailout. He wasn't a U.S. Senator until January 2003.

      March 1, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
      • jean2009

        Sorry 2005.

        March 1, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
      • JS

        Ok, my mistake, I have no reason to question you. My point is Romney simply asked. It is more evidence that this government spends and spends and spends. Cuts can be made without raising taxes no matter what the dems say.

        March 1, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
      • jean2009

        Sorry but I disagree taxes need to go up especially for those in the upper brackets.

        March 1, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
      • JS

        Jean, I know – I've seen you post it before. I'll never agree until Franny and Freddy are blown up, ALL the subsides are stopped, a flat tax is implemented, real campaign laws are put in place and the federal government gets out of the auto, bank, healthcare and any other formally private business. After all of this, then ALL entitlements need to be overhauled. After all of this if this I would consider more taxes if needed. BTW Jean, I find the majority of your posts very intelligent. I can't for the life of me understand 1. why you aren't an Independent, and 2. why you can't understand if you raise taxes on higher earners you will hit many small business owners – and they won't take the hit, they will pass it along.

        March 1, 2012 at 5:49 pm |
  16. JS

    "A White House official tells CNN the president will lay out the importance to the economy of his "all of the above" approach to energy including drilling, increasing vehicle fuel efficiency and investments in alternative fuels in a speech at the Nashua Community College".
    OK libs, here is your chance. The speech was given today. Tell us all what BO's "all of the above approach" means and how much more power are we getting from where? You know, how many more barrels of oil pumped in the US under this plan, etc...

    March 1, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  17. JS

    Subsidies in 2012 – 8 billion for wind, 4 billion for oil... BO only talks about getting rid of oil subsidies. The government picking favorites is what is wrong in this country right now. So much for free enterprise in this country. You libs wonder why we don't like BO's policies – this is one reason why. The price of gas is going through the roof. How can BO and you libs think this is good for our economy?

    March 1, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
    • jerry

      this is why people are calling obama a chrony capitalism...govt plays ball with the busineses who do as they wish . A dangerous policy and we should not put up with it..that is while we still have some say in electing our leaders.

      March 1, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
    • jean2009

      Good that beats subsidies for oil, for farm subsidies for Fortune 500 companies.

      March 1, 2012 at 6:41 pm |
      • jerry

        you should go live in russia for a few years...I know you mean well...your just ignorant.

        March 1, 2012 at 9:30 pm |
  18. oilman

    More Lies from OBOZO

    March 1, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  19. Fightityourselfwhiletherestofusstayhome

    I wonder what gas prices and the rest of our economy would look like if we stayed out of domestic disputes in the Middle East and were allowed to buy Persian oil, rugs and pistachios? I wonder how much better people's lives would be and how many foreclosure there would be if we hadn't invaded Iraq? I wonder how much money people would have for food instead of just junk if we didn't spend so much on Middle East wars? I wonder if I could buy another Ford instead of just walking and using public transportation if gas prices were at 2002 levels? I wonder if that would be good for the housing market in metro Detroit? I wonder how many wars we would be in if the sons of the wealthy were Marine riflemen or Chinook pilots? I wonder if the AIPAC crowd care about the sacrifices Americans make on their behalf, or simply hold the population at large with contempt? I wonder if a German can be progressive and nice, and a progressive can be a mean bully? I wonder if the Eastablishment realizes that they are playing with fire, and that the 99% are getting screwed by our foreign policy? Can anyone in the halls of power hear me? Does Washington really think another war in the Middle East is in anyone's best interest? Hello?

    March 1, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
  20. Niewiederkrieg

    AIPAC tells the senate to economically strangle Iran. The senate complies, 100-0. Tensions flare, oil prices go up. Somehow, it is Germany's fault.

    March 1, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
    • jean2009

      ????? Germany? that is a new one we have Txjack and friends blaming President Obama.

      March 1, 2012 at 6:00 pm |
      • Txjack

        Don't get me involved in thsi.

        March 1, 2012 at 6:12 pm |

    Oil companies are in the business for profit. Drilling for or refining more crude domestically won't do anything on the cost of gasoline.The fishy issue is why did TransCanada purchase, order and stockpile $1.9 billion in pipe on the hope that the pipeline would be built.NO company invest $1.9 billion in inventory without a firm deal in hand.

    is john Boehner being investigated for owning shares of Trans Canada?

    insider trading has been one of the perks that our Congressmen and women have gotten away with for years. When they vote on something that they have heavily invested in, it fraud at the highest level. He should be investigated.

    March 1, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
    • jean2009

      I don't know about Boehner, but I wouldn't doubt it since the Koch Brothers owns interest in the Keystone XL pipeline.

      March 1, 2012 at 5:45 pm |
  22. Attila, The Hun

    We're constantly jerked around by a bunch of rag heads, lunatic Latins, and despotic communists. We have no strategic energy policy. No administration in modern history as put forward and implemented a plan to reduce the dependence on oil. Every crisis has brought a new knee-jerk reaction, but once the crisis subsides we forget about it until the next time.

    March 1, 2012 at 7:02 pm |
  23. jerry

    Bill Clinton is even talking against obamas energy see the democratic party knows obama is a lame duck and they know their party is in shambles.

    March 1, 2012 at 9:28 pm |
  24. jlfliberty

    America needs a reality check and stop buying into the fantasy the left have been selling for the last 30 years, The infrastructure for Natural Gas powered or the technology for electric powered vehicles DOES NOT EXIST right now. You cannot drive from one end of a Big city to get to work and get home in an electric car. I looked into to buying a Natural gas powered truck and found there was no where around Atlanta (Big City) to fuel it but "literally a few stations" and they were government filling sites not available to the public. Electric, wind, Natural Gas and Solar are good ideas but are not ready for prime time and so far it doesn't work. Focus on the truth/reality of oil until we can implement infrastructure and actually have the technology to wean from oil. Those who argue against American oil self reliance are supporting American war in the Middle East protecting oil supply lines. Right now protect our children's future and get America ready for today and we can work on tomorrow. Stop obfuscating the reality of today. When you do you are embracing the actual distraction that the left has depended on for years and our children will pay for our foolishness.

    March 2, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
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