Sarah Palin: Obama's "war on domestic oil and gas exploration and production has caused us pain at the pump"

Sarah the Barracuda seems to be the only conservative politician out there willing to take Obama and his policies on… and she’s doing so effectively:

SarahPalin Is it really any surprise that oil and gas prices are surging toward the record highs we saw in 2008 just prior to the economic collapse? Despite the President’s strange assertions in his press conference last week, his Administration is not a passive observer to the trends that have inflated oil prices to dangerous levels. His war on domestic oil and gas exploration and production has caused us pain at the pump, endangered our already sluggish economic recovery, and threatened our national security.

The evidence of the President’s anti-drilling mentality and his culpability in the high gas prices hurting Americans is there for all to see.

The President may try to suggest that the rise in oil prices has nothing to do with him, but the American people won’t be fooled. Before we saw any protests in the Middle East, increased global demand led to a significant rise in oil prices; but the White House stood idly by watching the prices go up and allowing America to remain increasingly dependent on imports from foreign regimes in dangerously unstable parts of the world.

 This was no accident. Through a process of what candidate Obama once called “gradual adjustment,” American consumers have seen prices at the pump rise 67 percent since he took office. Let’s not forget that in September 2008, candidate Obama’s Energy Secretary in-waiting said: “Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe.” That’s one campaign promise they’re working hard to fulfill! Last week, the British Telegraph reported that the price of petrol in the UK hit £6 a gallon – which comes to about $9.70. If you think $4 a gallon is bad now, just wait till the next crisis causes oil prices to “necessarily” skyrocket. Meanwhile, the vast undeveloped reserves that could help to keep prices at the pump affordable remain locked up because of President Obama’s deliberate unwillingness to drill here and drill now.

Do read the whole thing.  Do pass it around to friends but especially to your liberal pals.  Watch the veins in their collective necks swell with boiling blood and the spittle form on their lips as they react in rage. 

It should be loads of fun.

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Posted by on March 16, 2011.
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  • Wayne

    Many Republican politicians are scared if they say anything bad about Obama that the MSM will crucify them. I wonder how they got that idea.

    What ticks me off is how many “moderate” Republicans are so willing to viciously attack other Republicans. Disagreements or call for action\inaction are one thing but vicious personal attacks are another.

  • http://www.savkobabe.blogspot.com Gayle Miller

    Testify Sarah!

  • http://thoughtsonline.blogspot.com steve

    It puzzles me that she is the only one, doing so seems like a no-brainer.

    The public cares about things that affect them, and primarily their wallets and their health. So why aren’t more Republicans not attacking Obama for what he is doing/not doing that result in people having to pay more every time they fill up their tank?

    Contrast that with the criticism he is getting for not being more aggressive in supporting the Libyan rebels…. a matter of far less importance to the average swing voter than high gas prices, continued high unemployment, etc., etc.

  • http://jimbeach.net Jim echs

    Sure, besides the fact that there’s absolutely no part of the gas prices that actually is due to Obama’s policies it’s a great attack.

    Sigh.

    Didn’t facts used to matter? Didn’t they actually used to have to be connected in some sort of cause-and-effect chain, where you actually had to show the causes changing something and clearly resulting in effects?

    That must have been nice, way back when.

    His “war on domestic oil production” – that has included increasing licensing and domestic oil production. Woo.

    The rise in oil prices – which is due to speculation on oil prices and futures. Which would require Obama to telepathically control every investor on Wall Street AND overseas.

    The revolutions in the Middle East – which Obama had nothing to do with.

    Any other things that Obama has nothing to do with? Perhaps Charlie Sheehan?

  • Jim Addison

    Jim echs ~ Lie all you wish. The facts will not change. Only those stupid enough – or anti-American enough – to support this neo-Marxist tool will swallow your crap.

  • http://thoughtsonline.blogspot.com steve

    Even if one accepted Jim Echs’ argument, Obama is doing nothing to alleviate the pain. What a great standard for a President: ‘ it’s not my fault, not going to do anything about it’???

  • 419

    “… and she’s doing so effectively.”

    She doesn’t seem to be doing anything particularly effectively right now.

    http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/03/palins-support-plummets-among-republicans.php?ref=fpb

    That’s a devastating fact-filled retort Jim Addison. You really showed ‘em.

  • Caesar Augustus

    High gas prices are a function of six things: (1) too little refining capacity in the U.S. (that actually goes all the way back to Carter and Tip O’Neill; Obama & Co. certainly haven’t helped), (2) too little oil production in the U.S. and offshore (ditto, and here Obama in only two years already has made things much worse), (3) a devaluing dollar (you primarily can thank Bernanke, Obama, Pelosi and Reid), (4) massive, speculative buying of oil futures and call options (Wall St.), (5) not enough nuclear power domestically (left-wing wackos and NIMBY folks, all the way back to the 1970′s), (6) too many environmental regulations (largely the blame of Democrats, but ironically enough it was Richard Nixon who established the EPA).

    P.S. — Incidentally, as for the idea of Palin being the “only conservative politician out there” taking on Obama, that’s laughable. Have we already forgotten that 100% of the GOP House caucus and 100% of the GOP Senate cauces voted in February to repeal Obamacare??

  • Sarah the Impaler

    Doofus ears has an ongoing war against food as well.

    Although the trolls on here are already brain dead so it wont faze them.

  • hyperbolist

    Do pass it around to friends but especially to your liberal pals. Watch the veins in their collective necks swell with boiling blood and the spittle form on their lips as they react in rage.

    It should be loads of fun.

    I would be surprised if you know any liberals. We tend not to associate with insufferably boring people such as yourself.

  • Tim


    I would be surprised if you know any liberals. We tend not to associate with insufferably boring people such as yourself.

    You know, you can leave at any time. Unlike Canada, this is still a free country for the time being.

  • 914

    jim ecchs-

    “Sure, besides the fact that there’s absolutely no part of the gas prices that actually is due to Obama’s policies it’s a great attack.”

    Denial is a river in Egypt. Have some more cool-aid Jim.

  • http://www.brutallyhonest.org Rick

    Say hyper… there’s a little something on your lip… looks like… yep… spittle…

    And you’ve got something bulging there in the neck… hope your circulatory system is in good order, I’m worried about you strokin’ out on us…

    That would be a huge loss…

  • http://jimbeach.net Jim echs

    Jim Addison – please point out one thing I said which is a lie.

  • Jeff

    Mr. Echs …

    Obama has not increased domestic licensing …

  • iwogisdead

    hyperbolist wrote:

    We tend not to associate with insufferably boring people such as yourself.

    Excepting, of course, the time you spend posting your drivel on this site.

  • iwogisdead
  • Jeff

    Mr. Echs …

    the increase in domestic production you may be thinking of was 2010 numbers and most of those increases came from North Dakota …

    Offshore production is expected to drop 15-25 % in 2011 and Obama has canceled leases on western oil fields that would be coming online in 2011 ans 2012 …

  • iwogisdead

    echs wrote:

    The rise in oil prices – which is due to speculation on oil prices and futures. Which would require Obama to telepathically control every investor on Wall Street AND overseas.

    In addition to struggling with the concept of complete sentences, you also struggle with the nature of free market. Oil prices are (generally) rising precisely because a reduction in production. By screwing around with production out of the Gulf, Obama is reducing (future) supply. The market sees this and reacts. THAT’S why oil is going up.

    The problems in Libya and Egypt have -0- impact on the price of oil. There’s essentially no production there. Just as Palin says, it’s Obama’s anti-drilling mentality that’s making oil head up. And, that’s just what Obama’s handlers want.

  • http://jimbeach.net Jim x

    Offshore production is expected to drop 15-25 % in 2011

    …which has nothing to do with anything Obama has done.

    and Obama has canceled leases on western oil fields that would be coming online in 2011 ans 2012 …

    …Which is also affecting current prices not at all, and future prices only by speculation.

    Oh, and those leases are for exploration first – at least the leases I found information on. So it’s a crap shoot whether there would even be enough oil found there to be worth removing anyway.

    Unless you’re referring to specific leases that I missed in my google search. If so, please specify.

  • http://jimbeach.net Jim x

    By screwing around with production out of the Gulf, Obama is reducing (future) supply. The market sees this and reacts. THAT’S why oil is going up.

    I.e., speculation. Which Obama cannot control, because he is not telepathically able to alter what people think.

    The problems in Libya and Egypt have -0- impact on the price of oil.

    You may want to read “Oil Prices Surge on Libya Violence”.
    http://www.thestreet.com/story/11017986/1/oil-prices-surge-on-libya-violence.html?cm_ven=GOOGLEN

    I agree that events in Libya shouldn’t have much **rational** effect on the price of oil. The problem is that the Market isn’t automatically rational. Which is what makes it not connect, in my view, to blame the President for the fluctuations of the stock market.

    Major crashes that can be avoided through common-sense regulation such as the Glass-Steagall act, that’s another matter.

  • iwogisdead

    I.e., speculation. Which Obama cannot control, because he is not telepathically able to alter what people think.

    Obama can control speculation oil prices–if futures buyers see more supply coming online, they will not bet on higher prices. High supply = lower prices. Low supply = higher prices. It’s a matter of supply and demand. It’s pretty simple, unless you were educated in Wisconsin.

    Obama is choking off future supply. Prices will go up if demand stays the same. If demand goes down, of course (Japan industry impaired), price will go down. The Japan situation will resolve, but if Obama continues to choke off supply, prices will skyrocket. He will and it will. Buy USO.

    You may want to read “Oil Prices Surge on Libya Violence”.
    http://www.thestreet.com/story/11017986/1/oil-prices-surge-on-libya-violence.html?cm_ven=GOOGLEN

    I read it-the author’s conclusion is wrong. Oil prices surged because it appeared at the time that the revolt would spread to Saudi Arabia–a major supplier. It didn’t (so far). That + earthquake in Japan = more supply = lower oil prices. Japan will recover (maybe with less nuclear energy, which means more demand for oil), China and India will continue to develop and demand will continue to increase, and Obama is still choking off supply. Guess what? The answer is higher oil. Buy USO.

  • Woop

    Winner of the Unintentionally so True award goes to the critter who wrote this comment.

    “It puzzles me that she is the only one, doing so seems like a no-brainer.”

    LOL. If doing so is a “no-brainer” and Sarah is the only one doing it….

    Seriously folks, when you are reduced to quoting Sarah Palin as your only viable source – you’ve got nothing.

    Now sit in a nice circle and jerk off some more to the Rick’s racist refrains… repeating Rick’s mantra – “OBammy ain’t my Mammy! — “OBammy ain’t my Mammy!” Ooooh… Sarah!

  • TexBob

    Again, it’s fun to watch the OFA & Moron.org paid trolls try to defend Barry’s lies and ineptitude.

    Barry IS the reason for our pain at the pump. He lied when he said production up, he lied about oil in the gulf, he lies every day.

    Barry has shut down production and drilling and our price is simple economics, but go ahead and spout DNC, Moron.org, and OFA talking points as if they are facts.

    We all know they are lies and we enjoy pointing at you and ridiculing your sheep like admiration of the one. You guys must have huge calluses on your knees and sore lips.

  • WildWillie

    Palin is not the only voice representing the conservative viewpoint but she is the only one that gets air time on MSM outlets. She does have a positive effect and does voice some of the same concerns conservatives have.

    Egypt, Libya, Japan, BP oil spill, what do these things have in common? He has done nothing to show leadership or to ease the fears of americans. Except maybe banning off shore drilling permits even against a federal judges order. You liberals can defend him all you like but we conservatives are not surprised with Obama’s lack of leadership. Now, had Quaddafi confronted a black professor, or if minorities cannot get passing grades in civil service exams, Obama will act right away.

    Now I am very patient and tolerant with the liberal loons on this site but Woop is gettng tiresome. Is it just me or should JT or Rick get out Olaff’s hammer and end his misery? ww

  • Paul Hooson

    Sarah Palin has the luxury of commenting from the sidelines that others actually in power don’t have. Unfortunately, Washington cannot flip policies on and off like a light switch. Last year, there was a big concern about lax oil drilling standards that created the BP oil leak disaster. This year, there’s problems in Libya and Egypt creating world oil supply problems where some wonder why we don’t have more oil drilling. Whoever is president, Bush, Clinton, Bush, Obama, whoever, gets the blame for all the problems by many even if they have no hand in it. Meanwhile, I’m looking someone to start blaming Obama for the Japan earthquake.

  • http://ideaddicted.blogspot.com jim x

    Iwogisdead, I’d like to note that this is a separate argument:

    Obama is choking off future supply. Prices will go up if demand stays the same.

    Since Sarah Palin is saying that the rise in gas prices NOW is due to Obama’s current policies NOW.

    A position which actual experts disagree with, such as Moody’s:

    http://mediamatters.org/research/201103140030

    I received your question about whether or not federal drilling policies are responsible for the current rise in gas prices. There is absolutely no merit to this viewpoint whatsoever. Near-term fluctuations in gasoline prices are determined by two primary factors: crude oil prices and seasonality. Since the deepwater drilling delay applies only to exploration and production, it would take years, maybe a decade to get any amount of crude oil out of the ground and into our gas tanks. In the meantime, global crude oil supply is exactly the same as it would have been if the government were giving away permits like candy.

    Currently, crude oil prices have jumped $15 since the civil war broke out in Libya. This rise in crude oil prices underpins all of the recent increase in gasoline prices.

    A position also agreed with by an expert from the American Petroleum Institute – and also someone who **disagrees** with Obama’s policies.

    It’s not credible to blame the Obama Administration’s drilling policies for today’s high prices because of the relative scales involved. As I indicated the last time, 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.

    I believe I’ll take their word over Sarah Palin’s. Even tho Sarah Palin reads all magazines and newspapers.

    Seriously, I know you guys like her and she says things you like because they slam Obama, but what she’s saying has no real-world connection to what’s actually going on.