President Obama Promotes His Energy Plan While Gas Prices Soar

  • Susan Phillips

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US President Barack Obama speaks on energy and the economy at the University of Miami in Miami, Florida, on February 23, 2012.

Speaking to a group of students at the University of Miami, President Obama laid out his energy plan as a longterm solution to the nation’s rising gasoline prices. The President says that although high gas prices hurt everyone, the vagaries of the market, including Middle East instability, and the rising demand for cars in China and India, are factors out of his control.
The President said the Republicans would cynically exploit the high gas prices to their advantage in the upcoming election.

“And you can bet that since it’s an election year, they’re already dusting off their three-point plans for $2 gas.  I’ll save you the suspense:  Step one is drill, step two is drill, and step three is keep drilling.  We heard the same thing in 2007, when I was running for President.  We hear the same thing every year.  We’ve heard the same thing for thirty years.”

But Obama said the country “can’t just drill our way to lower gas prices.” He emphasized the Administration’s focus on developing renewable energy sources such as wind and solar, as well as the new fuel efficiency standards for cars and small trucks. He also spoke about ending tax subsidies for oil and gas companies.

“It’s outrageous.  It’s inexcusable.  And every politician who’s been fighting to keep these subsidies in place should explain to the American people why the oil industry needs more of their money.  Especially at a time like this.”