“On energy … we've got to boost American energy production, and oil and natural gas production are higher than they've been in years. But I also believe that we've got to look at the energy sources of the future, like wind and solar and biofuels, and make those investments.”
—President Obama, Denver, October 3, 2012
Rhetoric: “…Oil and natural gas production are higher than they've been in years.” – President Obama, October 3, 2012.
“We’re drilling all over this country. I guess there are a few spots where we’re not drilling. We’re not drilling in the National Mall. We’re not drilling at your house.” – President Obama, March 15, 2012
Reality: The president has done nothing to increase domestic exploration, and there are a lot of “spots” where we aren’t producing energy (the Gulf of Mexico, Alaska, or the outer continental shelf).
Rhetoric: “Now, does anybody think that ExxonMobil needs some extra money, when they're making money every time you go to the pump? Why wouldn't we want to eliminate that?” – President Obama, October 3, 2012.
Reality: Because the president cannot stand on his record, he has regrettably turned to the politics of envy and division. U.S. oil and natural gas companies receive the same tax treatment that is available to a broad swath of other U.S. manufacturers. The House Republican budget called for the removal of all tax loopholes and subsidies, making the tax code simpler, flatter, and fairer.
Rhetoric: “But I also believe that we've got to look at the energy sources of the future, like wind and solar and biofuels, and make those investments.” – President Obama, October 3, 2012
Reality: According to the White House, the Energy Department has put $90 billion worth of “government investment,” “tax incentives,” grants, loan guarantees and loans into a “clean energy economy of the future.” Regardless of this influx of support, the production of renewable energy – including biomass, wind, and solar – has increased only 13.8 percent in 2011. Meanwhile, gas prices have increased by 102 percent under President Obama. Sadly, the President's "green portfolio" has been littered with failure and taxpayers are paying the price for such high profile bankruptcies as Solyndra, Beacon Power, Abound Solar, and Ener-1 and numerous other recipients are also nearing bankruptcy.
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