Wildly Misleading Crossroads GPS Ad on Obama’s Energy Policies
Crossroads GPS is hitting President Obama over rising gas prices and accusing him of “playing politics” with energy policies in a new ad that began airing Wednesday, as Obama embarks on a two-day energy tour.
“Then and now — the difference — President Obama’s administration restricted oil production in the Gulf, limited development of American oil shale and Obama personally lobbied to kill a pipeline bringing oil from Canada,” says the narrator in the ad.
“Instead of delivering practical solutions to make energy more affordable, President Obama is pursuing restrictive and naive policies that are hurting families at the pump and in their utility bills,” said Crossroads GPS President Steven Law in a statement.
The implication of the ad is that President Obama’s energy policies have limited domestic oil production, causing gas prices to go up. Consider these facts:
- American oil imports are currently lower than they were at any time during the Bush Administration.
- A new Associated Press statistical analysisof U.S. oil production and oil prices found that the two are not related.
- During the Bush Administration, U.S. oil production decreased each year. So far during the Obama Administration, it has increased each year: