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  • Obama's Energy Secretary Gives Himself An "A" on Gas Prices

    Gas prices have hit $3.87 per gallon, the highest ever recorded in March and 30 cents higher than a year ago, but Secretary of Energy Steven Chu thinks he has done an outstanding job at working to keep prices down.

    In congressional testimony yesterday, Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA), chairman of the House committee on Oversight and Government Reform, asked Chu if he would give himself an “A minus” on “controlling the cost of gasoline at the pump.”

    Chu’s reply (which you can watch above): “The tools we have at our disposal are limited, but I would I say I would give myself a little higher in that since I became Secretary of Energy, I’ve been doing everything I can to get long-term solutions.”

    Keep in mind that Chu has been an advocate 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” (which are routinely above $8 per gallon). And earlier this year, when asked whether it’s his goal to lower gas prices, Chu said, “No, the overall goal is to decrease our dependency on oil, to build and strengthen our economy.”

    Though Chu says he’s been doing everything he can to get long term solutions, the facts tell a different story. When it comes to lowering the cost of energy, the Obama Administration has turned its back on domestic energy production, including withdrawing areas offered for 77 oil and gas leases in Utah, canceling lease sales in the Western Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic coast, delaying exploration off the coast of Alaska, keeping other resource-rich areas off limits, finalizing rules that establish more hurdles to onshore oil and natural gas production on federal lands, and withdrawing 61 oil and natural gas leases in Montana as part of a lawsuit settlement over climate change.

    How would you rate Chu’s performance? Weigh in with a comment below.

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    10 Responses to Obama's Energy Secretary Gives Himself An "A" on Gas Prices

    1. Bobbie says:

      since he's been secretary of energy he's been working on "long term solutions?" In whose favor?
      Of course a dishonorable man unaffected by his own doings is going to promote his performance as stellar, he's unaffected! And a conflict of his performance!

    2. LibertyAtStake says:

      That's one hell of a grading curve. ;)

      When he said his goal wasn't to reduce prices at the pump he was being truthful. When he recanted, it was because the political operatives got to him and reminded him he wasn't supposed to admit that until *after* the next election. This is his (politically) ham-fisted way of "listening" to the politicos. Now we know his Nobel Proze wasn't for energy policy -or- politics.

      d(^_^)b http://libertyatstake.blogspot.com/
      "Because the Only Good Progressive is a Failed Progressive"

    3. DougRagan says:

      I would give him an A minus also…. in his efforts to get us to $8 a gallon.

    4. Regsgridlock says:

      Multiple F's for Chu:
      F for Faking his position on gas prices
      F for Fool to believe a plant oil economy is feasible
      F for Fudging his car ownership (using an SUV – not an EV like he'd have us peons driving/omitting reference to his wife's BMW)
      F for Failure to properly vet DOE loan/grant recipients
      F for Fanatic on ridiculous, impractical green energy http://www.regs-gridlock.com

    5. Stirling says:

      Great example of a total disconnect of the Elites and everday americans. And these are the people that claim to be for the "little guy," when they see $5.00/gal gas and $50 lightbulbs as acceptable.. Any "A" is for Argogance and not for performance..

    6. Geofff Sander says:

      Oil and natural gas prices are determined on the open market by supply and demand. Lower oil prices will result in lower gasoline prices, and lower oil prices will result from increased production which will be a result of increased investment in exploration and development. Government interference in the free market system restricts production and results in higher prices.

      You can have cheaper gasoline and electricity, or you can have windmills and bio-fuels, but you can't have both. Read more in the book that spells out our energy options; Kids Before Trees, get it at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/80505

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