Gov. Mitch Daniels says Preisdent Obama is to blame for higher prices at the pump:
Let's give the president credit for one domestic policy that works. He wanted higher gas prices and he got them," said Daniels on Fox News Sunday.
Secretary Chu said $8 are about what they pay in Europe. It would be great. Secretary Salazar said $10 and it still wouldn't be for drilling in the places where we know there's an awful lot of domestic production. And so, they have gotten the doubling of gas prices and perhaps worse, it's a conscious policy of this administration. Maybe the one thing they set out to do and actually accomplished." he said.
Let's give him a "close, but no cigar" for that one. It's quite right that the president's team has been hostile to drilling and mining and pipelining and any other form of energy except -pie-in-the-sky green-energy fantasies. Those are bad policies because they retard the effort to make more energy come from friendly places than from hostile or unstable ones. But it's hard to connect the dots between those policies and rising grass prices, which have more to do with things like supply-and-demand and the falling dollar.
As for Obama's charge that Republicans are "licking their chops" over high gas prices, well, that's politics for you. The party out of power doesn't actually want bad things to happen to Americans (though each party accuses the other of it when it's in power), but that doesn't stop it from enjoying the damage it does to the opposition. And Obama has spoken favorably of higher gas prices, as a way to wean us off evil fossil fuels and make us love the wind and the sun. But that was back when he didn't have to face the political consequences of expensive gas. Politicians do things for political reasons. Go figure.