Gee, you wouldn’t think so, but apparently he gave a State of the Union address last night, in which he claimed this:
Obama said early in his address that there is now more “oil produced at home than we buy from the rest of the world,” for the first time in two decades. “The all-of-the-above energy strategy I announced a few years ago is working, and today, America is closer to energy independence than we’ve been in decades,” he said.
He cited the increase in natural gas production in the U.S. as one reason for this shift. “If extracted safely, it’s the bridge fuel that can power our economy with less of the carbon pollution that causes climate change,” he said.
He promised to “cut red tape” to help spur the construction of natural-gas-powered factories and fueling stations for cars and trucks. “My administration will keep working with the industry to sustain production and job growth while strengthening protection of our air, our water, and our communities,” he said.
What the Liar in Chief omitted from that boast about increased production of fossil fuels is that the new production came about entirely on private lands, mostly through (gasp) fracking. Obama doesn’t control private land, yet. On federal land, his policies have cut production at an accelerating pace. As an aside, he made no mention of the Keystone pipeline, except to hint that he’ll keep opposing it.
Crude Oil: Down 5% between 2011 and 2012 (15% from 2010); natural gas, down 7%, 2011-2012; offshore oil, down 19%, 2011-2012.
Oil production on private land is up 15%,no thanks to, in fact despite of Obama.
I wonder if there were any other untruths uttered in last night’s speech? I didn’t listen, but I read that he vowed to close Guantanamo “right rondo”, which will come as a relief – I remember when the ol’ Debbil Bush promised to shut it down just as soon as he took office and, five years on, he still hadn’t done it. Now that we have a new president, we’ll see justice at last.