Stop the presses! Senator Johnson has something to say about energy policy…
He says the U.S. must focus on using energy efficiently and on developing ethanol and other renewable fuels.
I guess it wasn’t the ground breaking news I was hoping for. But, just as he has blindly supported President Obama throughout this last senate term, Senator Johnson has the President’s back once again.
In a telephone press conference with South Dakota reporters, the Democratic senator says Republican presidential candidates are wrong to suggest that President Barack Obama is not doing enough to encourage an expansion of domestic oil production.
How are Republicans wrong to say President Obama has not done enough? Has he done anything other than block energy production? Obama opposed Keystone, has stifled the shallow and deep water drilling permits in the gulf and his moratorium in the gulf has accounted for an estimate loss of oil production at 220,000 barrels of oil a day. Yet he continues to act as if nothing can be done. Just like with every other issue, relieving the struggle of working people at the gas pump across our country is beyond his control.
Republicans argue we need more domestic production, which would mean jobs and a productive American energy solution.
If we want to lower the price of fuel, the intelligent thing to do would be to increase supply. Obama says this won’t influence the price, but we shouldn’t be surprised when he eventually decides he’s going to release 30 million barrels from the strategic petroleum reserve to flood the market and bring down the price.
If Obama thinks he can lower prices by releasing petroleum from the SPR, why wouldn’t it also work to just produce more energy in our country on a daily basis?