Posted by DrJohn on 21 March, 2011 at 2:00 pm. 57 comments already!

High Gas Prices Pictures, Images and Photos

As Glenn Reynolds might say, “They told me that if I voted for John McCain the US would become even more dependent on foreign oil and they were right.”

Following the Deepwater Horizon disaster, Barack Obama put a moratorium on deep water drilling. Then he extended the moratorium and delayed the sales of oil leases in Alaska.

Federal Courts overturned the original moratoriums and Obama went ahead and issued another moratorium and has ignored the Court rulings since then.

Then in October Obama “lifted” the moratorium, or so it seemed.

A month later, not a single permit had been issued.

As gas prices continue to soar, the Obama administration finally got around to that issuance of permits.

They issued one permit this month. But the good news is that Obama is considering tapping into the Strategic oil preserve.

The Obama administration has issued contradictory statements on the high oil prices. On Friday the Obama administration appealed a judge’s ruling that the Department of Interior stop holding up the application process of several deepwater drilling permits. The move effectively continues the de facto ban on deepwater drilling in the Gulf. On Sunday however, White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley said the Obama administration is considering tapping into the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve as one way to help ease soaring oil prices.

So that would be using a reservoir of oil meant for a real crisis as a temporary means to slightly reduce oil prices.


The Obama Surge in Foreign Oil Dependence Program is highly successful as it has reduced domestic oil production by 13%. Gas prices have risen 67% since Obama took office. Then again, Barack Obama did promise higher gas prices.

Except when he was lying to us about lowering gas prices:


If you watch carefully you can tell when Obama is lying. (Hint: when his lips are moving)

H/T the Blog Prof

High gas prices are beginning to really hurt, and it’s being covered by…………no one in the legacy media.

There is good news- if you speak Portuguese.

Obama has loaned Petrobas of Brazil $2 billion to finance………oil drilling!

Obviously, Obama has decided to outsource oil drilling from US companies to foreign companies and stop drilling off one coast and begin drilling off another coast. At least that way any oil spill will take longer to reach our shores.

Great guy that he is, Obama has issued another permit to…………wait for it…………….


to drill REALLY deep (8,200 feet) and IN THE US WATERS OF THE GULF OF MEXICO.

The approval marks the first time FPSO technology will be used in U.S. waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The oil and gas project is about 165 miles off the coast of Louisiana in 8,200 feet of water. The FPSO has a production capacity of 80,000 barrels of oil and 16 million cubic feet of natural gas per day.

So for the slower ones (i.e. left wingers) out there, this means that Obama has shut down US drilling in the Gulf but has granted a permit to a foreign nation to drill in our own waters. One might wonder why Obama appears to be blocking competition for that oil. I think this might be a good time to have a really close look at the Obama bank accounts.

The good news doesn’t end there. Obama has pledged that the US will be a faithful buyer of Brazilian oil forever. Notwithstanding the argument Obama himself made that oil prices are not a function of supply problems consequent to his Libya adventures, Obama cited a litany of reasons the US should buy from Brazil which include the safety of the US not being at war with Brazil even though that doesn’t affect anything:

“which other country in the world has the oil reserves that Brazil has, that is not at war, that does not have an ethnic conflict, which respects contracts, has clear democratic principles and vision, is generous and in favour of peace?”

Obama’s highly publicized speech to be given in Rio De Janeiro was canceled due to security concerns.

Anti-US banners had been placed around the square by Thursday and some protest groups had declared Mr. Obama a “persona non grata” due to a “bellicose policy of occupation” in foreign countries.

Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL), who never misses a chance to look like a fool, availed herself of such an opportunity the other day. She and another dimly lit bulb (D-NJ) had this to say

Rep. Rob Andrews (D-N.J.) said that increasing oil drilling “off the coast” is “a problem, not a solution” to creating jobs in the United States. Andrews recommended that House Republicans bring legislation to the floor if they think more drilling will create jobs.

Appearing at a press conference with Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) on job creation, Rep. Andrews said, “I agree with my colleague and friend that drilling for oil off the coast is a problem, not a solution, but let’s get back to the main point here that if the Republicans really believe that was really a job-creating idea, why don’t they put it on the floor?”

In the perverted logic of Democrats, additional jobs brought by more rigs and more drilling and more ancillary economic activities do not constitute “more jobs.” Thus, utilizing that same bizarre thought process, having between 8,000 and 23,000 fewer jobs in the Gulf consequent to the Gulf drilling moratorium must not constitute job loss either. And in the mind of the Democrat, having fewer jobs is not the problem, but is the solution. Being more oil-independent is a problem, not a solution.

So the high gas prices you see now are only the beginning until we get near the election. Then Obama will promise once again to lower them- probably in the same manner as he promises to cut the deficit, i.e. quadruple it and then promise to cut it in half. And we see how our dependence on foreign oil is reduced by shifting from one vendor an-………….never mind.

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