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Obama's Crony to Congress: We’re not interested in lowering gas prices

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Hey, at least Energy Secretary Stephen Chu gave an honest answer. When asked by Rep. Alan Nunnelee whether the Obama administration wants to work to get gas prices to come back down, Chu replied that they’re not focusing on that — and that higher gas prices mean more of a push for the alternative energy sources the administration wants to push:





“We agree there is great suffering when the price of gasoline increases in the United States, and so we are very concerned about this,” said Chu, speaking to the House Appropriations energy and water subcommittee. “As I have repeatedly said, in the Department of Energy, what we’re trying to do is diversify our energy supply for transportation so that we have cost-effective means.”

Chu specifically cited a reported breakthrough announced Monday by Envia Systems, which received funding from DOE’s ARPA-E, that could help slash the price of electric vehicle batteries.

He also touted natural gas as “great” and said DOE is researching how to reduce the cost of compressed natural gas tanks for vehicles.

High gasoline prices will make research into such alternatives more urgent, Chu said.

“But is the overall goal to get our price” of gasoline down, asked Nunnelee.

“No, the overall goal is to decrease our dependency on oil, to build and strengthen our economy,” Chu replied. “We think that if you consider all these energy policies, including energy efficiency, we think that we can go a long way to becoming less dependent on oil and [diversifying] our supply and we’ll help the American economy and the American consumers.”



The Heritage Foundation jumped all over Chu’s comments:



As shocking as his remarks are, they shouldn’t come as a surprise. Chu has a long record of advocating for higher gas prices. In 2008, he stated, “Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe.” Last March, he reiterated his point in an interview with Fox News’ Chris Wallace, noting that his focus is to ease the pain felt by his energy policies by forcing automakers to make more fuel-efficient automobiles. “What I’m doing since I became Secretary of Energy has been quite clear. What I have been doing is developing methods to take the pain out of high gas prices.”

One of those methods is dumping taxpayer dollars into alternative energy projects like the Solyndra solar plant. Another is subsidizing the purchase of high-cost electric cars like the Chevy Volt to the tune of $7,500 per car (which the White House wants to increase to $10,000). In both cases, those methods aren’t working. Solyndra went bankrupt because its product couldn’t bear the weight of market pressures, and Chevy Volts aren’t selling, even with taxpayer-funded rebates. What’s the president’s next plan? Harvesting “a bunch of algae” as a replacement for oil.

Meanwhile, the Obama Administration is seemingly doing everything it can to make paying for energy even more painful by refusing to open access to the country’s oil and gas reserves and blocking new projects that would lead to the development of more energy in America. Case in point: the president’s decision to say “no” to the Keystone XL pipeline, a project that would have delivered hundreds of thousands of barrels of oil from Canada to Texas refineries, while bringing thousands of jobs along with it.





And while Chu gave an honest answer that actually matches the actions taken by this administration, Heritage notes that Obama has offered nothing but double-talk on gas prices:





Sensing impending political fallout from the high cost of gas, President Obama last week spoke on the subject and attempted to deflect blame for the pain. He said that there is no quick fix to high gas prices and the nation cannot drill its way out of the problem, but as Heritage’s Nicolas Loris writes, the president ignored reality and dished out a series of half-truths. Among them, the president claimed oil production is its highest in eight years, that increasing oil production takes too long, and that oil is not enough. Loris writes that while production is up on private lands, unrealized production on federal lands and offshore could have yielded even more output, increasing supply and driving down costs. If the president had said “yes” to Keystone, oil could have reach the market quickly. And as for the president’s push for alternative energy, those sources simply cannot stand the test of the market.





Even before Chu spilled the beans, Democrats have begun pressing Obama to start taking gas prices seriously:



Congressional Democrats are ramping up pressure on President Obama to tap the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) to prevent rising gas prices from threatening the economy and their election-year prospects.

They are growing anxious that the price of fuel could reverse their political fortunes, which had been improving due to signs of growth in the economy.

Republicans have hammered Democrats on the price spike, repeatedly noting that gas prices — now at $3.72 per gallon for regular — have doubled since Obama won the White House.





I guess Democrats in Congress don’t see this as a feature rather than a bug in Obama’s energy policies. The RNC came out with a video slamming Obama for high gas prices, but I suspect they’ll be rushing a new video to publication featuring Chu’s “who cares” attitude. Otherwise, this is a pretty effective 1-minute spot, and it might start showing up on TV broadcasts soon:

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  • Obama's "energy policy" is a perpetual scam.
    Obama's "green energy initiatives" have proven to be nothing more than payoffs to campaign contributors. The contributors get federal loan guarantees through the energy department, bankrupt their "green energy companies," and donate more to Obama. Taxpayers pay the tab.
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  • I can't recall an administration that had so many incompetent fools running things as Obama's. Out, out, OUT! In november!!!

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  • THIS FUCKING USURPER IS GIVING YOU THE ASSHOLE REAPING CHANGE HE PROMISED!

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  • Suddenly Sarah Palin doesn't look so stupid for the Drill Drill Drill mantra.

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  • SURPRISE!

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  • Thanks JK. When obummer took office gas was $1.84 a gallon. He has done everything in his power to bring this country it's knees, Dumb son of a bitch hasen't got a clue of who Americans are.

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  • : "We agree there is great suffering when the price of gasoline increases in the United States, and so we are very concerned about this"


    : "what we’re trying to do is diversify our energy supply for transportation so that we have cost-effective means."


    So what he's saying is, "Fuck you Americans. Deal with it."

    There is no viable alternative fuel source yet, you bloody twats. All the wanting and willing in the world won't get people to work NOW.

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  • Promises heaven, delivers hell.

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  • More bull.Domestic production is at an eight year high.Refiners are exporting gas made here to keep prices high.3 refineries have closed here in the Phila. area in the last 2 yrs.More price manipulation.

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  • The dem. party is dying a slow political death - - - and there is nothing they or barry seotoro ( with their alinsky playbook ) can do to stop it ! ! ! They let the progressives lead them down this road ! ! !

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  • back in 97 on my visit in folida, the gallon was about 2,54 $ and thats what people back then considered high, because before it was always below 2 dollars.

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  • Just more proof for the Libatard LLrs to either ignore, or just thumb down your comments

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  • We pay like $9.14 for 1 gallon.
    American's don't protest fast but with same prices like us, they surely would I bet.

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  • Hotair.com and the Heritage foundation......say no more.

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  • I'm no fan of Obama, but when people put out stupid arguments it just dilutes the real issues and distracts people from making reliable decisions. First of all, gas prices vary from state to state, so this is relative. Back when Bush was still president, gas prices were at an all time high, ~$4.80 where I'm from, threatening to go to $5. Just 3 months ago I was thinking, "Holy crap, could gas possibly go to $2??" (It was somewhere around $3.00)

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  • The US has to realise that they are causing prices to rise!

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    • @ddonn54

      People wake up!!!!!! Demand in the usa is at a super low, So why isn't the price coming down like supply and demand proves?? Because our dollar is worth less................................ And yes you are correct..

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    • @dankmofo

      Our dollar has risen to it's highest in decades and we're still taking it in the ass. And to add insult to injury, we're an oil producing nation!

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    • @Captain Canuck

      Damn those Royals, The taxes is why we brought guns against them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Winks.....

      Btw you do realize world markets are based on the US dollar not the Canadian...... Right?

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    • @DFW1990

      Truth be told the MAIN reason that happened was US regulatory officials did not do they're job in verifying the blow out preventer was maintained and up to date but also if it worked properly per them receiving their permit. They were bought drugs,booze and hookers by the oil companies making them close friends. And our government and people didn't say shit or care about it. Only a few people getting fired. You cant even open a ski lift to the public in california without having it More..

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  • GOP = Less government regulation + Less tax + less government involvement
    DEP = More government regulation + Less tax + more government involvement

    Idiot GOP supporter = Blames government for higher prices

    If the government didnt subsidize gas and give tax breaks, gas would be ALOT more expensive. So do you want less government involvement? because that will mean higher prices

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