Obama’s Answer to Our Energy Crisis

In March, I sent the following letter to the White House, asking President Obama to open up domestic oil production:

Dear Mr. President:

I am requesting that your administration open up American oil fields for production.

Every day the U.S. imports an average of 10 million barrels of oil, while our own domestic production has dropped from nearly 11 million barrels per day in 1980 to just over 8 million barrels per day now.

When oil peaked at $145 a barrel in July 2008, we saw gas prices go to $4.00 a gallon and the economy take a nose dive. This nation runs on fuel and when its costs go up, so does the cost of almost all of our goods and services. The more that is spent on fuel, the less money the people have to buy food, clothing and other consumer goods. That means there is less demand for products, which creates a downward spiraling effect of less production and more layoffs and higher unemployment.

Recall that on March 31, 2010, you said “The bottom line is this: Given our energy needs, in order to sustain economic growth and produce jobs and keep our businesses competitive, we are going to need to harness traditional sources of fuel even as we ramp up production of new sources of renewable, homegrown energy.”

Rather than waiting another year to start increasing production, you should take action now. Lift the moratoria on oil drilling in our costal waters, Federal reserves and public lands.

Respectfully,

Robert Carlson

Here is the President’s reply:

April 22, 2011

Dear Friend:

Thank you for writing. I appreciate hearing from you, and I share the vision of millions of Americans who want to secure our Nation’s energy future. We must seize this important opportunity to create new jobs and industries, reduce our dependence on foreign oil, and protect the public health and our environment. My Administration’s energy plan relies on harnessing the resources we have available, embracing a diverse energy portfolio, and becoming a global leader in developing new sources of clean energy.

I understand the impact gas prices have on families and businesses across our country, and that is why I am committed to developing our capacity for domestic energy production. My Administration is working to expand responsible oil and gas development in the United States, ensuring this is done safely and responsibly. This includes a focus on natural gas, while also building production capacity for biofuels.

In addition to increased domestic energy production, my plan calls for a reduction in demand of foreign oil. Since transportation is responsible for 70 percent of our petroleum consumption, one of the quickest and easiest ways to reduce our dependence on foreign oil is to make transportation more efficient. That is why my Administration established groundbreaking national fuel efficiency standards for cars and trucks, which will reduce consumption by 1.8 billion barrels of oil and save consumers thousands of dollars. We are also making investments in electric vehicles and the advanced batteries that power them to ensure high-quality, fuel-efficient cars and trucks are built right here in America.

To secure our Nation’s energy future, we also need to increase production of clean energy. I have set a goal that by 2035, 80 percent of our electricity will come from clean energy, including renewable sources like wind and solar power, nuclear energy, efficient natural gas, and clean coal. This goal is not about picking one energy source over another, but rather leveraging a broad range of sources and providing industry the flexibility to decide how best to increase their clean energy share. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act also included over $90 billion in clean energy investments.

A 21st-century energy policy is an investment in our economy, national security, health, and environment. I encourage you to read more about my Administration’s blueprint for a secure energy future here: www.WhiteHouse.gov/issues/blueprint-secure-energy-future. For more information on government grants, please visit e-center.doe.gov.

Thank you, again, for writing.

Sincerely,

Barack Obama

We now are marching headlong to five dollar a gallon gasoline, caused in part by Mr. Obama’s indifferent response to Mid East turmoil and in part to his deliberate efforts to stifle domestic oil production. His reply is to increase “green energy” production goals and raise the CAFÉ (Combined Average Fuel Efficiency) requirements for new cars.

Is any of this helping you at the pump today? If yes, vote for Obama in 2012. But if you are like any other American that you meet at the gas station today, vote for the Republican candidate, no matter who he or she is. None of them are telling you to buy a new, more efficient car with the money that you don’t have.

Get in touch with the American people Mr. Obama!

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