The comical part is, I think he actually believes this to be true: That he is in no way responsible for the rise in gas prices. As if telling the terrorist-run oil nations in the Middle East that we could care less if Canada wants to send us mass amounts of oil is declaring to the world, “keep those prices down!” We love dependence!
“The president accepts the responsibility that he identified the next president should accept, which is the need for comprehensive energy policy,” Jay Carney affirmed today. “If you’re suggesting that there is responsibility for a rise in the price of oil, it’s certainly not because of anything he hasn’t done to expand oil production.”
Asked if he believes it is fair for Americans to blame the president, Carney noted that gas price hikes are “a recurrent problem.” He added that domestic oil production is at a record high right now and that Obama has opened “millions of acres in the Gulf of Mexico” to drilling.
Yes, turmoil in the Middle East is a factor. But axing the Keystone project, or delaying it so they can research a different route — for political reasons, of course — is a calamity for us common folk who actually pay for our gasoline.
But I guess Obama’s decision to reject Keystone’s permit was not his decision. It was the Republicans.