Gas pains are good?

Media's sunny spin can't change sad reality of Obama's energy policy

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You just can't make this stuff up.

Back when George Bush was in office, Democrats and their "news media on a rope" made it sound as if the world was ending due to high gas prices.

Candidate Obama told of people who either quit their jobs or couldn't look for new ones because it cost too much to fill up a tank.

"I know how bad people are hurting," he said back then.

"Drivers are paying a heavy price," said then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, "for the Bush administration's failure to enact a comprehensive energy strategy."

The price of gas, reminded Hillary Clinton in 2006, had doubled since Bush had taken office.

In just five years !

Now that the price of gasoline has more than doubled in less than three years under Barack Obama, what do you think is being said?

If you guessed that the media aren't tying the rise in gasoline prices to this president, you're right -- but only half right. In one case, a media watchdog reports that only 3 out of 280 news reports on fuel prices mentioned the president's anti-drilling policies. Amazingly, some media outlets are even arguing that high gasoline prices are actually a "blessing in disguise."

That's what one television reporter called it, in claiming high prices were actually creating jobs.

The CBS Early Show presented us with five ways that high gas prices could be a good thing. How good? One interviewee claimed they were saving lives from lower air pollution -- 1,000 lives a month.

As for Mr. Obama, who knew "how bad people are hurting" back in 2008, he now laughs off high gas prices -- joking to one audience not to complain if they don't have vehicles with good gas mileage.

Get used to it, says the man who once chanted "Yes we can!"

It's amazing what a difference a change in the White House makes for your gas pains!

Regardless of what excuses or Save-Our-Obama fairy tales the "mainstream" media want to tell you, gas prices are at near-record levels, they do hurt families and businesses big-time -- and this president's policies are aggravating the problem.

When he took office, gasoline prices were more in the neighborhood of $1.80 a gallon; in some states they are already over $4 and climbing.

In an attempt to deflect the blame, Obama announced a commission to find out who's doing this to us. Meanwhile, he has discouraged drilling here, encouraged and even invested U.S. money for drilling off of Brazil, and produced no comprehensive, commonsense energy policy, the kind of which Pelosi pledged back in 2007.

Bush was no better, certainly -- but their treatment in the media has been worlds apart.

Truth be told, Obama's hyper-environmentalism revels in high energy prices: He actually promised higher electrical costs when he ran for office. We doubt he's too broken up about high gasoline prices; he probably thinks they're a good thing.

"Shell Oil Company," said one news report this week, "has announced it must scrap efforts to drill for oil this summer in the Arctic Ocean off the northern coast of Alaska. The decision comes following a ruling by the EPA's Environmental Appeals Board to withhold critical air permits."

And, of course, the administration's foot-dragging in the Gulf is now legendary.

It makes no sense to sit back and leave our energy resources in the ground while encouraging others to get theirs and sell it to us at a premium. It only raises our costs and lowers our national security.

"This is the issue that could cost Obama re-election," writes one blogger.

Perhaps -- if the media stop with their "Gas prices are a blessing!" narrative.

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carcraft
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carcraft 04/27/11 - 05:34 am
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There is more available

There is more available energy resources in America than can even begain to be imagined. Of course much of it is off limits. The hugh coal deposits in Utah that Clinton took off the table by declaring the coal reserve area a national monument. Hugh natural gas deposits and oil in Alaska as well as off the American shores. A Coal fire electrical generating plant here is Georgia is being closed because of tougher EPA regulations..But don't worry on earth day Obama had no trouble spending thousands of dollars in fuel costs as he jeted around in Air Force one..New York date anybody?

nofanofobama
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nofanofobama 04/27/11 - 06:35 am
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our country has been blessed

our country has been blessed with natural resources and in such qty. that we could be self sufficient..however we have been cursed for years by stupid politicians and obama is the icing on the cake. for all these liberals who prefess to be for the little guy, why is it they dont have policies to help him. 4-5dollar a gallon gas affects everyting. also the tremondous amount of economic growth that would be avaiable if we did ''all the above energy policy'' taxses and royalties to the states, good energy jobs , good construction jobs like being allowed to build refineries again, and all those spin off jobs.. creating real wealth for millions of americans that would help in our national debt.. but no we have a prez who roles up his sleeves to act like us, after flying air force one ,as you and i would drive to the grocery store. no concept in reality .the balance of trade debt would gradually go away. a real no brainer if you cared about the people and the future of our country.. but no our prez agrees to help brazil with billions in loans and our technology..he then flies everywhere and tells us he feels our pain..well we do not have a commander n chief **we have a campaigner in grief.

robaroo
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robaroo 04/27/11 - 06:57 am
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You are right about the press

You are right about the press giving Obama a free pass for the same thing they accused Bush of. We need more drilling.


However, the current administration is right about deep water drilling off Alaska - we don't have the resources to take care of a spill there. Unlike the gulf of Mexico, there are no deep water ports where ships can load up on spill materials. The nearest coast guard station is 150 miles away. It's difficult to drill that deep under normal conditions (just ask BP). It's is much more difficult to drill in Arctic conditions. Finally, that puts much needed fisheries at risk.

No deep water drilling off the Alaska coast is the right call. Even Obama gets one right some of the time.

Beck Tears
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Beck Tears 04/27/11 - 07:30 am
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How much oil do you guys

How much oil do you guys think America has? How much do you think we use in a day? One is greater than the other....

justthefacts
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justthefacts 04/27/11 - 07:48 am
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The one positive is that if

The one positive is that if President Obama doesn't do SOMETHING soon, he is probably doomed in 2012.

Techfan
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Techfan 04/27/11 - 08:12 am
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"a media watchdog reports

"a media watchdog reports that only 3 out of 280 news reports on fuel prices mentioned the president's anti-drilling policies." In other words, an April 19, 2011, piece of yellow journalism from Brent Bozell's Media Research Center, a group shown to play fast and loose with the facts. Even if you take them at their word, why are there so few reports linking the drilling moratorium with rising gas prices? Mainly because there is no link. "It's Not Credible To Blame The Obama Administration's Drilling Policies For Today's High Prices." Michael Canes, a distinguished fellow at the Logistics Management Institute and former chief economist of the American Petroleum Institute, disagrees with Obama's drilling policies. Still, he said: "It's not credible to blame the Obama Administration's drilling policies for today's high prices because of the relative scales involved." He further stated that "world oil prices are determined in a market of around 85 million barrels per day of production and consumption, while the consequences of domestic drilling, particularly in the Gulf, likely would be more in the range of several hundred thousand to one million barrels per day, and most of that production would not occur for a number of years."

madgerman
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madgerman 04/27/11 - 08:30 am
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Has the congress scheduled
Unpublished

Has the congress scheduled any sessions to look at the problem? I am not so sure the president can hold hearings and get to the root of the problem, but congress sure can. As this is a domestic problem, which branch of government is responsible for resolving it? All I have heard is there is not a shortage of oil being produced, rather the problem lies with wall street speculators. I didn't know the president had stopped all drilling permits but from the posts above it is apparently the problem. When did he issue that proclamation?

nofanofobama
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nofanofobama 04/27/11 - 08:59 am
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beck tears**we have more oil

beck tears**we have more oil in the shale out west than saudi's total reserve. some estimate are 100 years at current consumption some less but despite this we have more oil than you seem to know and admit we have technology to do it and cleanly and create millions of good jobs..why are you guys against this??? and tech fan if you reduce supply and throw in the devaluation of the dollar that is persued by obama and team..and dont forget the unrest in the middle east**commodities will go up value.but introduce the real threat of new supply in a couple of years and the interstructure to refine and dispense it oil will drop ..and please your experts are only those with titles that you agree with..current policy is hurting average americans simple and true.

faithson
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faithson 04/27/11 - 09:01 am
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Every time a problem comes up

Every time a problem comes up and the poor repub's suggest that it will doom this president in the next election, I look at the 'contenders' they are supporting and smile.

Techfan
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Techfan 04/27/11 - 09:11 am
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"your experts are only those

"your experts are only those with titles that you agree with"? Yes, I'll admit, I sought out the lefties from the American Petroleum Institute. Why do we even let that communist organization exist?

JesusIsComing
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JesusIsComing 04/27/11 - 09:30 am
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2012 Presidential ad: "Are

2012 Presidential ad: "Are you better off now than you were four years ago?"

Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/27/11 - 09:35 am
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Some things are common sense.

Some things are common sense. More drilling equals more oil in the long run. But let's think out of the box for a second. Let gas go to 10 bucks a gallon for a while. Excessive driving will stop. The country will learn to conserve while those who absolutely have to drive will be able to. In the 70's we actually ran out of gas and necessary transportation had to stop. Having gas that high would also encourage research and adaptation of alternate energy sources.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 04/27/11 - 09:41 am
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I'll get back to you on that

I'll get back to you on that "faithson". BTW, not poor. Tech, Presidents get blamed for lots of things they are not responsible for. It comes with the territory.

digmick
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digmick 04/27/11 - 10:11 am
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Just a reminder just because

Just a reminder just because the oil is located here doesn't mean it will end up in the gas pumps within the United States. The free market (you know, the one you want the government to keep its grimy hands off of) encourages the oil companies (remember those guys who are receiving the big tax subsidies and making huge profits) to sell their product to whomever is willing to pay the most. The oil goes on the open market. But if we increase our oil production, it will increase the amount of oil on the world market and reduce the price of oil (according to supply and demand). Of course, OPEC may reduce their production to offset our production; therefore, we have no change in the price of oil. Oh and experts say, "5 percent increase in domestic production would increase the world supply by less than 1 percent and do almost nothing to our dependence on foreign oil."

nofanofobama
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nofanofobama 04/27/11 - 11:28 am
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your sacasim is duly

your sacasim is duly noted**but it doesnt answer any questions on why we have no energy policy except green technology that isnt ready for primetime and would not exist without tax money..ask spain how subsidizing green energy went and their return on their investment and the jobs that never quite came about..digmick and who is saying just a 5 percent domestic increase..we are advocating all the above develop all our resources and the interstructure to handle it..if we advocate being self sufficient its not a 5 percent increase..we can do it, create wealth and jobs for our citizens while we wait for more economical green technologies to become available..if we had a foolproof new green tecnology as we all desire that is comparable to gas in price it would take decades to convert our vast economy..why destroy our economy in the interim.

nofanofobama
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nofanofobama 04/27/11 - 11:32 am
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riverman are you truly

riverman are you truly serious ..think it thru..gas equals jobs and freedom. i waited in lines in the early seventies , it also coincided with a very high unemployment rate

dani
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dani 04/27/11 - 11:42 am
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High gas prices affects the

High gas prices affects the food you eat and the energy you use in your home. It is not simply gas for your car. OPEC sets gasoline prices and one of the things the "carnival barker" as Obama called him talks about is calling OPEC to task on the matter. It as been done in the past and prices dropped. We do NOT have to sit and take it, our fearful leader could stand up for us.

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 04/27/11 - 01:14 pm
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Fuel fuel everywhere but none

Fuel fuel everywhere but none at bargain rates..

pimpernell
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pimpernell 04/27/11 - 01:52 pm
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Fabian Socialism again at

Fabian Socialism again at work. Devalue the currency. Create shortages. Make people dependent upon government to "reign in the evils of Capitalism by creating bureaus here and bureaus there, appoint "Czars" to manage the World, destroy private enterprise, everyone should work for the Government, at least your supporters. Don't let a crisis go to waste. Call it anything but Socialism, such as Progressivism, Equality,
Diversity. Any means justifies the END. Re-Elect Obama

socks99
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socks99 04/27/11 - 01:58 pm
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"It makes no sense to sit

"It makes no sense to sit back and leave our energy resources in the ground while encouraging others to get theirs and sell it to us at a premium. It only raises our costs and lowers our national security."

But most national security experts think it makes more sense to preserve the ever-scarcer fossil fuels at HOME, and use-up those reserves of our global neighbors first.

The great failure of our media, here, is the failure to link the gushing oil prices to the Fed's quantitative easing policies. This bent has seen the Fed buying-up Treasuries around the globe -- and handing over tons and tons of U.S. currency in exchange.

It is this flood of currency that has reduced the value of the dollar and pushed-up oil prices. In fact, by 'exporting' this inflation to many Middle Eastern countries (who use the USD as their currency), the U.S. is complicit in spawning the various riots, revolts and revolutions around the globe.

No doubt energy prices are set to rise as the economies recover (and the U.S. should encourage domestic production). A deliberate policy of dollar depreciation has made this problem much worse. Today's gas consumer's are subsidizing the funny money policies of both the Fed and the Obama White House.

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