Lars Larson: Obama will face voters paying $5 a gallon gas

by Lars Larson

How could the Obama administration even claim they’re trying to lower gasoline prices?

You know the Obama administration is backpedaling hard right now and they ought to be on a bicycle because they certainly don’t like cars.

Let me you give my evidence of that. It’s not really great that gasoline is already over four bucks a gallon and headed toward five. And he’s going to try to talk votes out of voters who are paying five bucks a gallon for gasoline?

So what does his Energy Secretary say? He tells the Congress we are not trying to lower gasoline prices and, in fact, you believe it because Dr. Steven Chu said that four years ago. He said “We would like to have gasoline prices like those in Europe at eight or nine dollars a gallon.”

Then Obama’s got the Transportation Secretary, Ray LaHood – he says “We’re not going to favor motorized transportation over non-motorized.” He apparently wants people on bikes too.

And the President doesn’t talk at all about lowering gas prices? But instead, the President says he’s going to put you in what, a windmill-powered car? How’s that going to work?

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  • Guestopinion

    Lars who?

  • Homer

    Blame it on Buch…It worked last time with the gullible Obamaites

    • Homer

      Bush…

  • Bob Clark

    The porridge (economy) can neither be too hot nor too cold for Bama to sail to easy re-election.  Another bout of quantitative easing by the Federal Reserve would provide a temporary booster shot (“fix” in drug using parlance) to the economy, but it would also push gasoline prices towards $5; and this against the several billions of dollars blown by Bama on now bankrupt solar and other green energy companies (all well documented, and what’s worse is we find several of these bankrupt companies transferred tens of millions of the government monies to their CEOs in the form of bonuses for successfully hoodwinking government in handing over our treasury dollars).

    If the economy goes flat or soft like last spring and summer then Bama may just be toast.  But the flip side is gasoline prices may fall back towards $3 per gallon rather than closing in on $4 as recently.

    The other realm is Iran.  If Bama hits Iran militarily, he rolls the dice.  A successful knock out of Nuc facilities would be a boon to Bama altho it still probably pushes gasoline prices higher and may cost him some votes from the Isolationists and “War-is-not-the-answer” crowd.  There is very high likely hood such airstrike would not be totally successful (or uncertain) causing higher gasoline prices very possibly (or softer economy from the resulting jitters) which would hurt Bama’s re-election.

    I wish we could put Gingrich’s debate skills inside Romney or Santorium, because Bama is really target rich for debate.  He may pull a Nixon and run and hide from debates (ah, too busy now…can’t let politics get in the way of doing the people’s business).

    Hey, how much did Bama throw into the production of the all-electric “Volt” car which GM is now idling production for lack of demand?

    On the local front:  We hear back from Kitzhaber’s energy team:  After ten years and hundreds of millions of dollars in state subsidies to green energy, these uneconomic energy supplies haven’t made a dent in Oregon’s overall energy supply.  And what does Kitzhaber suggest:  That’s right: we need to double down on more such nonsense.  Then there is Mayor Adams who continues trying to bail out green businesses already once induced by government subsidies.

    We are living the real life version of Dumb and Dumber.  In this case, it’s Kitzhaber, Adams, Bama, and the Dumocrat party at large.

  • 3H


    How could the Obama administration even claim they’re trying to lower gasoline prices? 

    Why should the Obama administration even be involved in free market decisions and considerations?  The price of gas is set by the Market, not by Presidents.   Yes?  

    • Ramalama

      You have to realize it works this way with Lars:

      If it’s a RepublICK President, when things are going well, it’s because of the President’s policies. If they aren’t going well, it’s because the “free market is just doing its thing.”

      When it’s a Democratic President, if things are going well, it’s because of the “free market”, and when things are going poorly, it’s because of the President’s policies.

      No other thought process necessary.

      • guest

        Both valet person and ramalamadingdong smell like skunk cabbage
        enbrined in 18th century cleaning solutions, aka, urinal!

      • JoelinPDX

        And of course the Demclowns would never do that, unless you happen to be talking about Young Turk and A-Mess-NBC star Sink Ugger. Back when GW Bush was president Ugger went on his YouTube feed and blamed Bush for the high gasoline prices. But now that Lord and Savior Barry Obozo is president, it seems the rising gasoline prices are all due to the market…at least according  to Sink Ugger. So what is it jerk-off?

        Of course, it’s probably unfair to tie Ugger to the Democlown Party but then he’s the closest thing the Democlowns have to an official spoesman…unless, of course, you’re talking about Chris Meathead, Rachel Madcow or Ed Shitz. Then again, more people tune in to Ugger’s YouTube rants than watch A-Mess-NBC.

    • JoelinPDX

      Yeah 3, tell that the SInk Ugger (see below,)

  • valley person

    ” You know the Obama administration is backpedaling hard right now and
    they ought to be on a bicycle because they certainly don’t like cars.”

    They don’t like cars? Then why didn’t they let the US auto industry go under when they had the chance?

    • JoelinPDX

      If bicycles had a union Lord Obozo would have bailed them out too.

  • HBguy

    As soon as we bomb Syria, and green light an Isreali attack on Iran, as McCain and Lars and all the Republican presidential candidates would have us do, the price of oil will go up to $7/gal.

    • JoelinPDX

      Oh Hell, let’s let the prices go up to Steven Chu’s eight or nine bucks a gallon. Obviously we want to do all we can to give Lord Obozo his energy program…such as it is.

  • valley person

     “And the President doesn’t talk at all about lowering gas prices?”

    Why would he? Why would a president want to create policies that lower the price of one product? That wouldn’t be very free market now would it?

    • JoelinPDX

      Gee, VP, I bet you weren’t saying this when gasoline prices spiked under GW Bush. Nope, then it was all bush’s fault.

      • valley person

         As a mater of fact, I don’t recall saying or writing anything about gas prices under Bush, and probably for the same reason.

        Bush had enough other problems at the time that gas prices were the least of it.

        No president can control the short term price of gasoline unless he or she imposes price controls. Those who are fans of the free market, as Lars and you claim to be, should recognize this basic fact and find other issues to argue politics over. 

      • Crabman34

        Why is it that you free-market purists talk about gas prices at all in the context of politics and governance?  We shouldn’t be offering subsidies to renewable energy but we should be actively trying to lower the price of gas through regulation and policy?  How does that make any sense?  

        And how do you propose that the government reduce gas prices?  Newt’s got a plan, right?  Although all I’ve heard is the result he claims ($2.50 a gallon!  Immediately and Forever!).  I know, he’ll take the Venezuela route and simply give the people nominally priced gas, right?  That should win him re-election.  But if Newt or a Repub did that, it wouldn’t be socialism, now would it?So, considering your description of Sink Ugger (who??) above, do you propose that we let the free-market do its thing, unfettered?  Stop pretending that our government has much to do with the price of gas?  Start acknowledging the role of speculators? Oh, wait, I forgot, Joel isn’t a rational free-marketeer, he’s just your average a la carte conservative.  But at least one who can understand the drivel Lars gets paid (paid!!) to publish here and elsewhere.  So at least you’ve got that going for you.

        • Ramalama

          Crabman, 

          Don’t expect logical consistency from the so-called conservatives of today. 

          It’s not really about policy for them, anyway, it’s about power.

  • JoelinPDX

    The comments of Lord Obozo’s cabinet secretaries aside, The rap we get from this administration regarding energy is just amazing. 

    Lord Obozo thinks we should be proud that the US is producing more oil than ever before, of course we’re also exporting way more oil than ever before. Obozo tells us that he has opened the seas to offshore drilling but he neglects to mention he isn’t issuing any permits. And on Keystone and ANWR we get a convoluted greenie argument that most Americans disagree with. 

    I’m not even mentioning that Obozo could put a big dent in his atrocious unemployment number by building Keystone.

    Of course Obozo has to do this to get us to the eight or nine dollar a gallon level for gasoline pries envisioned by communist Energy Secretary Steven Chu…so it looks like high gasoline prices are Obozo’s doing and no one but Obozo’s.

    • valley person

      ” And on Keystone and ANWR we get a convoluted greenie argument that most Americans disagree with.”

      I think you are mixing apples and oranges. I don’t think most Americans support drilling in ANWR. Nor certainly, does most of Congress. Drilling there is blocked by Congress, not the president. 

      “I’m not even mentioning that Obozo could put a big dent in his atrocious unemployment number by building Keystone.”

      You can go ahead an mention it. But it isn’t true. The number of jobs from building and operating Keystone is pretty small….on the order of 20,000. Since we are presently gaining around 200,000 jobs a month, Keystone represents about 3 days worth.

      Building or not building Keystone will have ZERO impact on the price of gasoline. Oil is a global market. It will be like trying to impact the level of a lake by buying a slightly larger bucket.

      • David Appell

        You’re right — only 20,000 jobs, and those would only last about 2 years.

        • JoelinPDX

          As pointed out above, it’s more like 140,000 jobs and I’ll let you be the one telling those 140,000 people how insignificant it would be for them to have a job…even for two measly years.

          • David Appell

            Sorry, but the company that wants to build it says it’s 20,000 job over a 2-year period:
            http://www.transcanada.com/economic_benefits.html 

          • JoelinPDX

            First, it isn’t Transcanada that says the pipeline creates 20,000 jobs…it’s The Perryman Group, a Texas counsultant and the 140,000 ancillary jobs figure comes from who? Why, it’s the Perryman Group.

            Second, while we’re on the subject. The research only covered two years it didn’t say the jobs only last for two years.Do your research David.

          • David Appell

            The Perryman Group report says (pg 4) the pipeline will create a total of 118,935 person-years of employment, which is not 114,000 *jobs*. 

            And if you believe they can determine that number to six significant figures, you will believe anything.I wonder who paid for this report?Source: http://www.transcanada.com/docs/Key_Projects/TransCanada_US_Report_06-10-10.pdf(page 4)

      • JoelinPDX

        20,000 is the number of direct construction jobs *13,000) and jobs creating the pipeline materials (7000.) There are another 120,000 or so ancillary jobs that you neglect to mention. It may have something to do with the fact it works against your argument.

        Jobs would be created for dentists and clergy, for librarians and bakers and even for 1714 bartenders. So, it is true. Saying yes to Keystone, instead of postponing it for political reasons would put a big dent in the unemployment number.

        Furthermore, oil from Canadian sands would essentially replace lower quality Venezuelan crude. So while it may not have any impact on gasoline prices (and that is arguable,) it would kick a South American tinhorn right in the front teeth.

        • David Appell

          What about jobs in environmental cleanup and remediation?  You missed counting those.

          If you have to resort to the job creation possibilities for librarians and dog walkers, you obviously don’t have a very good argument to begin with. And it completely obscures the point that the pipeline isn’t about jobs at all, but about the very large profits some energy companies see in tearing up Alberta. Selling the jobs idea is simply marketing for people who buy their positions like they buy soap….

          Soap-makers, too — there must be a few jobs in it for them as well. Be sure to add those to your ledger.

          • JoelinPDX

            Funny thing is it’s only you ignorant greenies who think there would be a  lot environmental cleanup and remediation to be done. Those would be the same people that believe the Arctic and Antarctic are falling into the sea and that polar bears are dying as the ice flows move into the South Pacific.

          • David Appell

            No, we don’t believe the Arctic is “falling into the sea,” because we know Arctic ice is not on land, but already floating on the sea.

          • JoelinPDX

            Then why do the MMGW forces insist on telling us the Arctic is falling into the sea?

          • David Appell

            They don’t. As usual, you have misunderstood, or never taken the time to understand properly. There *are* concerns about ice atop Greenland and Antarctica melting and raising sea levels, but Arctic ice is already floating and so won’t raise sea levels if it melts (though melting there would be (and already is) a positive feedback on warming due to albedo change). 

          • JoelinPDX

            David, you are so confused. Tell us what is with the pictures of the “ice calving” in the Antarctic that GreenPeace blames on MMGW? Are you confusing Greenland with the Antarctic?

          • David Appell

            The Antarctic has both sea ice and land ice. 

          • valley person

             You are just confusing him.

    • David Appell

      If exports are up — and they are — why do we need to drill even more? Apparently domestic demand is met, and then some. We should save the oil we have in the ground, because (1) we’re going to badly need it someday, and (2) its carbon causes climate change. 

      • JoelinPDX

        Oh, I get it now. It’s because I don’t get fuzzy Obozo Administration math. Explain this one to me:

        Obozo says cars are being improved to the point where we’re going to be saving $8000 a year on gasoline. But the NHTSA estimates that we only spend $3000 a year on gasoline and that it would take 26 years to save $8000.

        So, you divide 8000 by 26, carry the two…nope that doesn’t do it. Multiply 3000 by 12…damn, that doesn’t get you there either.

        Could you do the math and get back to me? I’m sorry but your liberal arithmetic is way beyond my puny conservative brain.

        • David Appell

          When and where did Obama say that? I suspect you’ve gotten the facts mixed up, as you usually do.

          • JoelinPDX

            Mount Holly, NC on March 7, 2012:

            “Now, because of these new standards for cars and trucks, they’re going to — all going to be able to go further and use less fuel every year.  And that means pretty soon you’ll be able to fill up your car every two weeks instead of every week — and, over time, that saves you, a typical family, about $8,000 a year.” 

            You’re excused for your ignorance David. Looks like you gotten your facts mixed up, as you usually do. 

            Made aware of the problem the White House Press Office has refused to correct or explain the statement according to the Washington Post.

          • David Appell

            Clearly the President misspoke, as he’s given the number correctly a number of times in the past according to the Washington Post.

            And the transcript of this radio address has been changed, though there’s no indication of that on the Whitehouse page where it appears.

            Clearly the man should be impeached at the very least — we can’t have people misspeaking, can we?(I’d provide links to the above, but this site holds such posts for moderation and then they never appear.)

        • David Appell

          Joel, you never answered my question: if exports are up, why do we need to drill more?

  • Anonymous

    Administration intelligence.
    1. No jobs
    2. High gas prices
    3. electric cars at $40,000
    Yuuup I can see where the Idiot in Charge will not be reelected.  The first 3 is only for starters..  
     

    • valley person

       No jobs? The US has been creating net 200,000 new jobs a month for the past 4 or 5 months.

      Of you don’t want an electric car, don’t buy one.

      • JoelinPDX

        That’s net in the funny way the Obozo Administration has of computing net. How does the new job number total 227,000 in February but the unemployment rate stays at 8.3 percent? Compute net the Obozo way and that’s what happens.

        • valley person

           Net as in more jobs gained than lost. The unemployment rate factors in the number of people in the job market, which can increase or decrease independent of the net number of jobs.

          We gained 730,000 jobs over the last 3 months. We had the best job gain in 2011 than any years since 2007. 

          These are things to be happy about Joel. You know, H-A-P-P-Y. Its an emotion you may be unfamiliar with. A feeling of pleasure, contentment, or satisfaction. You can do it if you really try. Think of drowning puppies and see if that works.

          By the way Joel, even if you took the higher number of “jobs” that would be created due to the Keystone pipeline, you get less than 1 months current job growth. That makes it am insufficient reason to approve what amounts to a permanent change on the land.

          I’m not opposed to the project, but I think “jobs’ is the wrong argument in favor of it. 

  • Mavaughn

     (Lars is an idiot; I don’t know why I’m responding to this. Lars
    claims he is a journalist, but most journalists do not distort the truth, lie
    by omission, or blatantly divide political parties. He is not a real journalist,
    he’s just a person with an abundance of mouth flatus.)

    First, the average national price for a gallon of regular
    unleaded gasoline, according to AAA, is at $3.846. This national price is not projected
    to reach over $4 per gallon in 2012, according to the U.S. Energy Information
    Administration. It is true that in Oregon and elsewhere in the west, gasoline
    prices are higher, and right now average $4.002 per gallon in Oregon, due to
    environmental regulations in California (and other factors), but they are not
    projected to reach $5 per gallon, as Lars states; and he knows this.

    Early reports, from various sources, exaggerated future gas
    prices (hmm, I wonder by what party); Lars seized upon these reports as truth,
    and he continues to “report” (remember, he is not a real journalist) them as
    such. I will concede, there are many unknown factors, but Lars cannot state, at
    this time, fiction as fact with impunity.

    Second, Lars should laud rising gas prices because he agrees
    with free market theories. Right now, the speculative aspect of that free
    market says that the price of a barrel of oil will be higher now and in the
    future. The fact that he is critical of the Obama administration for not taking
    action to lower fuel prices makes him a hypocrite and a political puppet that
    spews canned rhetoric. He truly has no shame.

    Liar Lars’ pants are on fire!

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