Obama Energy Tour: Full Of Broken Promises

Today was the second and final day of President Barack Obama’s multi-state energy tour, an effort to bolster support for his alleged “all of the above” energy policies.

Facing increased criticism in the face of rising gas prices, Obama scheduled stops in Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Ohio to demonstrate his support for domestic energy production, which he claims has increased significantly over the past four years.

On Wednesday, the President visited a solar farm in Boulder City, Nevada, and reiterated his belief that renewable energy was the key to America’s energy independence. But the optimism of those words was quickly swallowed up by the pro-fossil fuel rhetoric voiced during today’s energy tour stops at oil and gas drilling rigs in New Mexico, and the future home of a portion of the Keystone XL oil pipeline in Cushing, Oklahoma.

“Anyone who says that we’re somehow suppressing domestic oil production isn’t paying attention,” Obama said in Cushing. During the same speech, the President brazenly called for the southern extension of Keystone XL to be “expedited” and “fast-tracked” proving that he’ll bend to Big Oil’s demands as long as it puts him in a better position for reelection.

Once again, Obama is attempting to give lip service to opponents of the Keystone XL and fossil fuel subsidies, while simultaneously doing all that he can to please Big Oil and its Republican cheerleaders. Thankfully, a group of student activists weren’t afraid to call the President out on his failed promises.

During a speech at The Ohio State University on Thursday, Obama repeated his call for a diversified policy that increases production of traditional energy sources such as oil and natural gas while increasing investment in alternative sources such as solar, wind and hydrogen power to compete in growing global clean energy markets.

But students from the Ohio Student Environmental Coalition (OSEC) who made it into President Obama’s speech, interrupted these empty promises by shouting “STOP THE PIPELINE!”

“I don’t know the last time President Obama took a multiple choice exam, but when you have two contradictory options like protecting our climate and increasing our dependence on fossil fuels, ‘all of the above’ is not a correct answer,” said Stuart McIntyre, a student at Ohio State University. “President Obama needs to choose one or the other, because our future as young people depends on it.”

On the whole, Obama’s “Energy Tour” has been quite underwhelming. It came off as a weak-kneed attempt to stop critics from picking on the Administration’s energy policies, which are themselves weak and contradictory. But, it wasn’t a total loss, the President did manage to get a few facts right:

“Anyone who says that just drilling more will bring gas prices down just isn’t playing it straight,” the president continued. ” We are drilling more. We are producing more. But the fact is, producing more oil at home isn’t enough to bring gas prices down overnight. Even if we drilled every little bit of this great country of ours, we’d still have to buy enough from the rest of the world to meet our needs.”

Exactly! So why are we still delivering billions in subsidies to this dying industry on a silver platter? Doing so only furthers our oil addiction, instead of putting us on the path to true independence through renewable energy.

Related Reading:

Action Needed To Stop The Keystone XL Oil Pipeline

Obama Bows To GOP Demands, Expands Oil and Gas Drilling

Why Is The U.S. Losing The Clean Energy Race To China?

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Margaret Paddock
M A Paddock6 years ago

If people had been paying attention they would know that this is not the first time Obama spoke with forked tongue.
The next one you see will be the 20 new taxes within the health care bill when he said he would not raise taxes on the middle class.
Hold on because there are a lot more things coming your way that you are not going to be happy with,

Robert H.
Robert Hamm6 years ago


NO OIL WE DRILL HERE WILL STAY HERE. THe oil industry sells it to the global market because that is where they make the most money. We ARE drilling a LOT of Oil here, but its not doing any good. They aren't going to release it to us because they love America. They are going to sell it to whoever gives them them the best price. So getting rid of oil imports is laughable. By time it goes through the system ALL oil is imported.

Mary B.
Mary B6 years ago

Thank you Sue J for your excellent post. I will also continue to support Obama because he knows full well what he was elected to do and he will find the best ways he can to accomplish it, while takeing into consideration that he is president of the whole country, not just the progressives. That means this is not a winner take all game, and he must work with what has come before and gradually build foreward movement. It is up to us to live this movement as it happens.Each person has to figure out what that means in their own life.

Ann S.
Ann S6 years ago

He certainly should not be pandering to the proponents of the XL Pipeline, however, what can any president in his situation do? On one hand the people demand lower gas prices and on the other they demand no new pipelines. I would say it's the American people who cannot put their money where their mouths are that are tying his hands. We are in an election year, and Obama is clearly the lesser of all evils. He has to ensure his re-election in order for us to continue to have the lesser of all evils as our leader. He better be tougher next term (if there is a next term), and keep the door open for successive candidates.

Debbie L.
Debbie Lim6 years ago

Hypocrite... This is a dying industry, but people refuse to believe it.

Ernest R.
Ernest R6 years ago

@ Mike C..”Obama, bought and paid for.” I suppose you know that ANY US president will be crushed if he is not very careful to avoid getting too much on the bad side of corporate “interests” or the pro-Israel lobby. He can do enough to make a pretence of independence and no more. Sad for him, sad for us.

Nancy Crouse
Nancy Crouse6 years ago

So Obama is not the saviour everyone thought he was. He needs to make up his mind; re-election is great but when you compromise your own ideals and beliefs you cross the people who have supported you. Politics is a dirty game and those who enter the game compromise their own ideals, and moral convictions.

Marie W.
Marie W6 years ago

So very disappointing- but all of DC is Kabuki theatre.

Mary D.
Mary D6 years ago

I was a staunch Obama supporter in 2008. I had such hopes for the country and his administration. I am heartbroken that he has turned the USA into a police state and that his words aren't worth the air to say them. Unless a strong and sane 3rd party candidate enters the presidential arena, I will not vote for a presidential candidate in November. The southern Pipelinen segment goes through my county, close to National Grasslands. The entire route is through rich land that shouldn't be messed with. I am one old lady who will wheel my wheelchair to the Oklahoma border infront of the a snd say "You cannot pass!"

Eddie C.
Past Member 6 years ago

The world's oil supply is finite, and to pursue more of the same destructive path for our future, can only be defined as supreme ignorance. We no longer lead the world in anything except failure. Many other nations have made significant advances in becoming completely independent of foreign oil. We have the technology to drop the poison, but there is too much money at stake, and the oil barons own our government. Obama has shown no spine to moving us to a sustainable future.