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Gas is now averaging $3.92 per gallon nationwide for regular unleaded, which prompted Obama's recent energy tour and a White House press conference yesterday. So little wonder that the Democratic National Committee reacted so franticly to this new 30-second ad from the American Energy Alliance. The group is spending $3.6 million to air the spot in eight states: Florida, Colorado, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio and Virginia:
American Energy Alliance reminds consumers that President Obama and his administration are intentionally boosting the price of gas by restricting access to Americas natural resources. We have enough oil to fuel our economy for the next 200 years.Rob Bluey points out blatant lying in the reactions of the DNC and Politico:
Shortly after the American Energy Alliance announced plans to run the ad starting Friday, the DNC dispatched Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz to disparage the organization and launch a personal attack on its president. (Here's the audio of the DNC press call.)Meanwhile, facts, some of the major gas price myth spewed by Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats. Here's an excerpt to pique your interest:"The American Energy Alliance is a front group for Big Oil, plain and simple. It is an offshoot of the Institute for Energy Research, which is funded by the Koch brothers and other Big Oil companies. The President of the American Energy Alliance is a former Koch Lobbyist. There is no daylight between the Koch Brothers and the American Energy Alliance, only millions of dollars in Big Oil cash."That was enough for POLITICO to declare: "Kochs linked to $3.6M anti-Obama gas price ad." The shock and horror!
Unfortunately for Wasserman Schultz and POLITICO, it's not accurate. "This ad was not funded by the Koch organizations," spokesman Benjamin Cole told CBS News. "It is a lie to suggest otherwise."
That didn't dissuade the DNC from releasing its own ad criticizing the American Energy Alliance, an attack-the-messenger strategy that mirrors the Obama campaign's recent ad trashing Americans for Prosperity.
But while Wasserman Schultz and the DNC were busy attacking the organization and attempting to tie Mitt Romney to the group, they failed to rebut the facts presented in the ad. The American Energy Alliance released a two-page fact sheet backing up each statement featured in its commercial. (emphasis added)
MYTH: " As a country that has 2 percent of the world's oil reserves, but uses 20 percent of the world's oil ... what that means is, as much as we're doing to increase oil production, we're not going to be able to just drill our way out of the problem of high gas prices." -- March 7, 2012Take the time to read more ... more
FACT: The reality is that the United States has enough recoverable oil to last for 200 years. In fact, the United States is the third largest oil producer in the world.
When President Obama says that the U.S. only has 2 percent of the world's oil reserves, he is only talking about a small portion of our oil resources -- reserves that have already been discovered through actual exploration or drilling and can be recovered economically. But that isn't all of the oil we have or all of the oil we could extract with today's technology. According to government data, the United States has 1,442 billion barrels of technically recoverable oil -- enough to last 200 years.
President Obama's number does not include oil that we know exists, but are unable to access because of government restrictions. Much of these untapped reserves underlie oil-rich federal lands, including the Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge, the Naval Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, federal waters off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, at least 45 percent of the Gulf of Mexico, the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas, and oil shale on federal lands in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming, to name a few. In fact, the federal government only leases 3 percent of federal lands for energy development. The 2 percent number is artificially small because the federal government keeps so much of the tax-payer owned federal lands off limits.
To put our recoverable our resources in perspective, 1,442 billion barrels of oil more than six times the proved reserves of Saudi Arabia.