Skip to comments.Obama prepares to fight gas prices with new bumper sticker
Posted on 02/26/2012 5:46:26 PM PST by SeekAndFind
People are increasingly concerned about the possibility of crippling gas prices this summer, perhaps none more so than Barack Obama. And you can rest assured that he’s getting ready to do something about it. His plan? We’re going to figure out a solution which involves a new way to talk about it.
President Barack Obama will try to head off the political impact of rising gasoline prices as Republicans vow to make the price at the pump an issue in the 2012 election campaign.
Obama this week plans events focusing on his administrations efforts to expand domestic exploration and development of alternative energy sources to combat cyclical spikes in gas prices.
Obamas political team has been preparing to counter Republican attacks since the administration denied a permit for TransCanada Corp.s Keystone XL oil pipeline, White House officials said. The renewed focus on what Obama has described as an all-of-the-above energy strategy kicks off with a speech tomorrow at the University of Miami.
So basically our response to rising gas prices is to figure out a way to talk about it differently. Well… now that that’s all sorted out I guess we can move on to finally developing those flying cars.
Obama almost deserves some sympathy here because he’s caught between something of a rock and a hard place. His approach – crafted in meticulous talking points – focuses on two aspects of the energy issue, neither of which are going to do much to help his prospects. The first will be his repeated call for more alternative energy supplies. Sadly, these primarily deal with generating more electricity, which is nice, but doesn’t address our need for bulk liquid fuels. (OK… the algae kind of, sort of will someday.. maybe.)
The second and more pressing issue is the raw supply of gasoline which, of course, rides on the supply of oil. Obama will claim that he’s doing what he can to open up domestic drilling options. (Unfortunately ignoring that the permits currently in circulation still can’t touch 85% of our combined onshore and offshore potential.) But the real fly in the ointment is the fact that even if we modestly bumped up our domestic crude production, the downstream effect is completely muted by the fact that everyone is fighting to supply a global market, not just our needs in the US. This is explained at length in a recent article from Joe Weisenthal.
NOTE: The global market argument is valid, but Joe also discusses domestic refinery capacity. His view on this should, for the moment, be taken with a grain of salt. We’ll have more on American refinery capacity later this week.)
- Demand is booming in Asia and the Former Soviet Union, offsetting mediocre demand in US and Europe.
- Inventories are low.
- Supply has been hit in several countries due to geopolitical and technical problems.
- To some extent, all of the above has been a modest surprise to the market, at least as compared to official predictions.
Add in some kind of “fear” premium due to a possible war with Iran, and it’s just not that hard to see why the price of a barrel of oil has surged like this.
So basically, external demand continues to grow even when domestic demand dips. And we don’t just sell our refined petroleum products at home… we sell them to whoever will pay the going price which is set by demand. It would take a massive surge in domestic production to move that needle very much. Combine that with the fact that day to day oil prices are frequently driven by speculation and nervous nellies who react to things like Iran threatening to shut down the straits, and you’ve got a recipe for rising prices per barrel.
Still, corrective actions can be taken, both in short term foreign policy efforts and long term domestic supply improvements. But it’s going to require more than a new way to blame somebody else.
I thought the Food Stamp President wanted us to put more air in our tires ... that would cut oil imports in half or something like that.
Watch the way Obama, Axelrod, Rahm and Rahm’s Hollyweird brother orchestrate the G8 summit in Chicago and Occupy Chicago. They are writing the script and casting the players for both sides.
WAG THE DOG II
WAG THE G8
How about a bumper sticker that combines both his and his wife’s interests.
“Get out of the car and walk, fatass.”
My bumper sticker just says FUBO
Gas is $4.25 here.
I cannot believe, the GOP isn’t shouting from the rooftops.
I do believe the GOP establishment is more worried Romney may get pushed aside, than they are about gas prices.
He can pilabber all he wants. Talk isn’t going to fix the gas prices, nor is propaganda from the LSM.
Absolutely NOT!! He's right where he needs to be.
Run Sarah Run!!!!!
A situation of his own creation.
It used to be called "Hoist on his own petard".
Amen and Amen!
The GOP isn’t shouting because the GOP is complicit. They consented to currency devaluation, so of course gas prices are going up.
Iran is going to take over the world.
The refineries need maintenance
The speculators are doing it
We're running out of oil
We have plenty
Americans are driving less, so we need to raise prices
The Chinese have millions of mopeds to fuel
There is a leak in a pipe in Moose Jaw Alaska
A rodent chewed through a line at the main pump station in Texas.
Demand is down but we are producing more however, our refineries have been and are being shut down
Prices will go to 6.75, but 3 days before the election, Obama will lower prices to 1.40 to ensure reelection
A school of endangered blowfish have been sucked into a pipe, and it takes time to get them out.
Iran has nukes
Unstable markets worldwide.
A big refinery fire
A small refinery fire
A refinery fire could possibly happen
New gas additives are being developed to make Americans even more stupid
They forgot to build a pipe
They dont like pipes
Rich liberals want the price even higher.
Obama hates the oil industry
The oil industry hates Obama and are hoping this kills his reelection
Liberals want everyone ridding donkeys and bicycles to work as a sacrifice for the planet
We moved more armaments to the gulf because Iran is taking over the world
Wild money printing and massive deficits
Americans love high gas prices
Refinery margins are tight They hardly make any money at all.
The masses have no idea how free market works.
It is being exported because we are making more than we use.
Demand has fallen
We need refinery upgrades and expansion
We are making more than we use so we have to sell it to the Chinese, (They have 1 billion mopeds to fuel , and need to go to work so they can send us more Communist products .
We have plenty of oil, so much so, we need to sell it abroad to keep prices low.
We have plenty of oil, so much so, we need to sell it abroad to keep prices high.
Barry has seriously pissed off the oil companies and seriously limited their profit and boy are they POd.
I suspect 'talking' about it differently will include blaming someone - anyone - other then themselves or fellow democrats. As soon as focus groups 'test' enough people they'll have a somewhat plausible lie - to push on us.
The MSM will buy into the story (no matter how lame) and we'll talk 'differently' about the issue. Will it be Halliburton? Exxon? The Joos? Some rich conservative? Waiting, waiting waiting for the lie...
Maxine Waters has pissed off the oil companies..
I will add that to the list.