Top climate scientist James Hansen tells the story of his involvement in the science of and debate over global climate change. In doing so he outlines the overwhelming evidence that change is happening and why that makes him deeply worried about the future.
In this week’s address, Congressman Cory Gardner (CO) discusses our nation’s skyrocketing gas prices. House Republicans believe that we should enact an ‘all-of-the-above’ energy strategy to help lower gas prices and make our nation more energy independent. The president’s energy policies have failed and cause more pain at the pump. Americans deserve better.
In this week’s address, President Obama called on all Americans to place their bets on America’s future as we reduce our dependence on foreign oil by expanding domestic oil and gas production, increasing the efficiency of the vehicles we drive, and investing in advanced technologies and alternative fuels. While there is no quick fix for the problem of high gas prices, the President has taken steps to save families money at the pump, including signing Wall Street reforms to stop traders from unfairly manipulating the energy market, and establishing historic fuel economy standards that will nearly double the efficiency of the vehicles we drive, saving families $1.7 trillion at the pump and reducing oil consumption by 12 billion barrels. We are also producing more oil at home than at any time in the last eight years, but with only 2% of the world’s proven oil reserves, drilling alone is not a solution. We must have an all-of-the-above energy strategy that invests in new technologies and ends the $4 billion in annual subsidies to oil companies that are earning historic profits. If you believe Congress should end these oil company subsidies once and for all, tell your elected officials that it’s time to put middle class families first, not the big oil companies.
Last night Special Report anchor Bret Baier claimed a Fox News poll showed “the majority said that the president is to blame for gas prices” — in line with Fox’s false messaging that the Obama administration is responsible for the price increase. But Baier got it backwards. In fact, 52 percent said Obama is not to blame.
The next evening, Bret Baier offered this apology:
I want to point out last night I said about Fox News polls that the majority of people believe that the gas prices are to blame – President Obama is to blame for the gas prices. This is the actual Fox News poll. Yes, to blame 40 percent; No, 52 percent. I was thinking of the CBS/New York Times poll. Can the president control the price of gas? Can do a lot about it, 54 percent; Beyond control, 36 percent. Or Gallup, can the president and Congress control rising price of gas? Yes, can control 65 percent; No, beyond control 31 percent. I apologize for the mix-up.