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Rising Gas Prices: All Part of Obama’s Plan?

The American Interest -- Politico is shedding some light on a three year-old sound bite that continues to haunt the Obama Administration: Energy Secretary Steven Chu’s comments that American gas prices should be as high as Europe’s:


“Somehow,” Chu said, “we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe.”


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bicycle1966
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2012 7:15:00 AM

One quote says it all. "Mr. Chu was not yet in the Administration at the time he made the remarks, so any link between it and administration policy is tenuous"

Anyone who thinks the president is driving oil prices has no clue how it works.
Amplion
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2012 3:24:30 AM

YES !!!
nurdco
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2012 1:58:07 AM

US fuel prices SHOULD STAY LOWER than International prices...
kitty1750
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2012 1:00:20 AM

lama lama obama lama olamabama
leraar2
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2012 12:55:34 AM

good way to tank the economic recovery.
mpg611
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2012 12:05:30 AM

So much for change and 'doing it for the kids'.
CVA19
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2012 12:00:36 AM

He promised higher energy prices before he was elected the first time. Those who voted for him then will vote for him again. They just look at it as a campaign promise fulfilled!
livable1
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 11:59:08 PM

Ha?
joekayak
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 11:49:00 PM

I hope he's not planning on getting re-elected.
Jeff4U
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 11:32:57 PM

- WARNING -
You better hurry out the door and fillup your tanks ... pronto!
Wholesale gas increased by 30¢ within 2 days. It's now $3.30 per gallon.

As a general rule, pump prices are 50¢ or more higher than wholesale prices. This means you can expect a MINIMUM price of $3.80 at the pump starting within hours from now, if it hasn't already.

You've been warned.
toadNY
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 11:29:41 PM

He said Americans are Not Stupid but I disagree as he got elected an will be re-elected an we will have a DEPRESSION under his watch but it won't be his fault!
rbrk02
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 11:01:56 PM

Good article. Less than comfortable for the administration. Much points to the administrations policy being in lock step with Mr Chu's comments.
bl626
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 11:01:34 PM

how much power does a president have controlling oil prices? aren't their a bunch of oil drilling on state and private land?
RonTheRunner77
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 10:48:21 PM

silly headline
SammyAdams
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 10:42:16 PM

When they say "cheap" they are speaking relative to the national average, where $3.12 per gallon is a whole lot cheaper than $3.65. I never thought that the time would come where I would think that $3.12 for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline was a GOOD price!
lesndave
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 10:34:37 PM

Crazy
Venzadriver
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 10:29:50 PM

No. It's because of the speculators and buying OUR oil and gas off the world market at their prices. We should only sell what we don't need/use.
StArrow68
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 10:26:54 PM

Too bad so many can't agree that high gas prices are bad for the economy and that is bad for all of us.
SammyAdams
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 10:22:12 PM

Does a bear poop in the woods?
Is the Pope Catholic?
Does a snake have hips?
Does a chicken have lips?
Etc., etc., etc.,

I don't think that there is any doubt in the minds of most Americans but that BO is bent on bringing our country's economy to a grinding halt. That's why he is picking a fight with Iran, why he refuses to build the Keystone XL pipeline, etc. Whether Energy Secretary Steven Chu’s comments were a Freudian slip or intended for public consumption, the evidence of BO's policy towards higher fuel and consumer prices is so painfully obvious that these comments didn't even need to be uttered.
amerk73
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 9:58:36 PM

wow
Jeff1944
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 9:49:48 PM

Obama should suffer a defeat if this is his plan to raise prices from $1.81 when he took office to November 2012.
nfldude
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 9:24:07 PM

O said cap and trade would cause electric prices to rise, why not gas prices also? Higher prices will force us to be more European, but they will not allow small diesel engines like those used in Europe due to air pollution restrictions here.
toadNY
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 9:17:09 PM

I'm with you BuckyTjones. He deserves to be make King for life!
BuckyTJones
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 8:45:48 PM

Boy, he's got my vote. Look how much good this administration has done for the good of the country. Record high food and gas prices, devalued dollar, high unemployment, gun smuggling, witch was part of the death of a boarder agent, record high dept. And he claims to have done nothing in the past three years.
TableTalk
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 8:38:06 PM

No surprise. The advantage of having a video and audio recording device for most everything a politician says and does. This can easily be fixed in November.
This quote accurately reflects the feelings of most mainstream non-elitist Americans: "What most Americans mean by energy policy is this: government policies that aim to make energy as abundant and cheap as possible, given some very basic environmental concerns (no oil on the beach). No other approach can get you elected."

[Edited by: TableTalk at 2/23/2012 8:42:24 PM EST]
coughlin
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 8:13:05 PM

Baloney
car253
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 7:52:18 PM

The truth comes out and now they are stuck with what they said.
bandannaman
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 7:28:48 PM

Dumb as a doorknob.
Lugi1967
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 7:20:38 PM

Foot in mouth disease
LetemEatCake
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 7:18:22 PM


This is a BLOG. No reason to comment because:

It does not meet GB's new submission guidelines.
graceman
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 7:07:37 PM

I agree with DrLyon.
DrLyon
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 6:54:02 PM

Alternate fuels please....
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