The Democrats and High Gas Prices

Love this post from Instapundit by Ed Driscoll:

ANALYSIS: TRUE. Democrats’ Sudden Concern For Gas Prices Is A Dodge To Hide Their Anti-Wallet Policies.

Unfortunately for the left, it’s not hard to see what the party line was on gas prices back in the day. In 2008, before becoming Barack Obama’s Energy Secretary, Steven Chu said, “we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe,” which at the time was between $7 and $9 per gallon. The Obama Administration made pursuing high energy prices  their prime directive.


● Obama goes full YOLO: Proposes raising gas prices in final budget.

● “In 2008, then-Colorado Sen. Ken Salazar — now the secretary of the Department of the Interior in charge of the leasing of federal oil lands — refused to vote for any new offshore drilling. In a Senate exchange with Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Salazar objected to allowing any drilling on America’s outer continental shelf — even if gas prices reached $10 a gallon. We can now see why the president appointed Salazar, inasmuch as Obama recently promised the Brazilians that he would be eager to buy their newfound offshore oil — while prohibiting similar such exploration here at home.”

● NBC, the Washington Post, and the New York Times in lockstep call for higher gas taxes.

● 2008 L.A. Times headline: “The joy of $8 gas.”

● 2012 CNN headline: “Rising gas prices aren’t as bad as you think.”

● Reid draws line against Keystone.

Exit quote: “Under my plan, energy costs will necessarily skyrocket…”


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