Cheap gas and energy independence are mutually exclusive. U.S. energy policy up till now has mainly been to keep gas prices low and consumers content. Artificially reducing gas prices would reverse trends that are actually helping to break our dependence on foreign oil.
Energy has become the top campaign topic, so they think they need to address it, even if it sounds like they're making stuff up as they go along. Yeah, yeah, that's what I do here. But I ain't runnin' for national office, unless Paris really does need a Veep candidate.