In this week’s edition of HUMAN EVENTS newspaper, we editorialized about “GOP legislators haven’t done nearly enough, as a party, to become identified with programs that will enhance economic and job growth, especially through energy production. Cutting spending is important, but we won’t end the deficits unless the economy starts to bounce back, and a robust energy policy is key to this.”
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Speaker John Boehner (R-Oh.) have spent the past week attacking President Obama’s failed energy policies.
In a Facebook posting on Tuesday evening titled “The $4-Per-Gallon President,” former Alaska governor and potential 2012 presidential candidate Sarah Palin added to the chorus and took the lead regarding some specific attacks and proposals and brought up gas prices when she wrote that “despite the President’s strange assertions in his press conference last week, his Administration is not a passive observer to the trends that have inflated oil prices to dangerous levels.”
Palin called the Obama adminstration’s actions, or lack thereof, “his war on domestic oil and gas exploration” that has “caused us pain at the pump, endangered our already sluggish economic recovery, and threatened our national security.”
She cited three “exhibits” in her Facebook post that read like an indictment of Obama’s energy policy: First, Palin cited his drilling moratorium “guided by politics and pure emotion following the Gulf spill instead of peer-reviewed science or defensible law.”
Second, Palin pointed to Obama’s 2012 budget that proposed eliminating tax incentives for natural gas production, which she claimed would “discourage energy companies from completing exploratory projects, resulting in higher energy costs for all Americans.”
Third, Palin cited Obama’s “anti-drilling regulatory policies” for the increase in gas prices. Palin wrote that “the President may try to suggest that the rise in oil prices has nothing to do with him, but the American people won’t be fooled. Before we saw any protests in the Middle East, increased global demand led to a significant rise in oil prices; but the White House stood idly by, watching the prices go up and allowing America to remain increasingly dependent on imports from foreign regimes in dangerously unstable parts of the world.”
Finally, Palin wrote that “hitting the American people with higher gas prices like this is essentially a hidden tax and a transfer of wealth to foreign regimes who are providing us the energy we refuse to provide for ourselves” and because “energy is connected to everything in our economy, access to affordable and secure energy is key to economic growth, which in turn is key to job growth.” Palin concluded that Obama was “purposely weakening that building block and weakening our country,” and that “2012 can’t come soon enough.”
Palin has been coy about her 2012 intentions, but as HUMAN EVENTS editorialized, any potential GOP candidate who does not make gas prices and energy an issue in the lead-up to the election is risking being seen as tone deaf, just like Obama has been on the issue.