Will Obama Energy Tour Boost Support For “All Of The Above” Policy?

President Barack Obama embarked on a two-day, three-state tour on Wednesday to highlight his administration’s commitment to “American made energy.” Facing pointed criticism regarding the impact of his energy policy on national gas prices, the President hopes this tour will demonstrate his commitment to U.S. energy independence, by whatever means necessary.

Over the next 48 hours, Obama will visit a big solar farm in Nevada, oil and gas drilling rigs in New Mexico and a huge storage facility in Oklahoma where a portion of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline will transport oil to Gulf Coast refineries (and then ship the fuel to foreign countries). This last stop mystifies many, since Obama has continually rejected construction of the northern portion of the Keystone XL on environmental grounds.

Today, the President begins the trip in Boulder City, Nevada where he will visit the Copper Mountain Solar 1 Facility, the largest photovoltaic plant operating in the country with nearly one million solar panels powering 17,000 homes. There he will highlight his Administration’s focus on diversifying our energy portfolio, including expanding renewable energy from sources like wind and solar, which double during his first term as President.

Unfortunately, this commitment to renewable energy is only a small portion of Obama’s overall energy plan (PDF) for the United States. His administration has continued to expand oil and natural gas drilling on American soil and along our coastlines. This expansion has occurred despite the unprecedented destruction and lack of regulatory oversight demonstrated during the BP oil spill crisis in the Gulf of Mexico, and scientific evidence that hydraulic fracturing puts American drinking water supplies at risk for contamination.

Many see Obama’s support of both fossil fuel and renewable energy as contradictory. As long as the oil, coal, and gas industries enjoy massive subsidies while taking almost zero responsibility for the damage done to our environment, we’ll continue to lose ground to countries already embracing the clean energy future.

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Eddie O.
Eddie O7 years ago

It's so sad that the Party of NO is so greedy to not allow full commitment towards alternative energy. Even an idiot can see that Obama wants to promote alternative energy, and is being held back by the PARTY OF HATE, every chance they get.

Obviously, if Obama doesn't promote oil and gas development, the Greedy Obstructionists jump all over him. And, when Obama tries desperately to STOP SUBSIDIES to big oil companies, the Party of NO wants nothing to do with that. How crazy is it that the GOP demands we give billions of dollars to the oil companies when they make hundreds of billions in profit every year???

They stupid Republicans truly want to give as much of our money to the Big Oil Companies as possible, as a lot of that money comes right back to them and to the Greedy Obstructionist Party. It’s corruption at it’s finest, it’s the most lucrative “buy a politician” program ever experienced in history, and the GOP keeps it going strong.

Obviously, no one can sincerely, and honesty, blame Obama when the facts show that he is all for alternative energy, and taking money away from the Big Oil Companies!

Charlene Rush
Charlene Rush7 years ago

The lunatics who want to believe that President Obama or any other person in his administration is responsible for the price of oil, will convince themselves, of what is expedient for them, regardless of the facts.
They obviously are uninformed and unable to read, so discontinue any conversation with them, immediately.

As I, recently, heard someone say, OPEC, not OBAMA is responsible for gas prices.
Amen to that!

Linda T.
Linda T7 years ago

It's not the Presidents energy policy hurting this country it's congresses energy policy hurting this country. Why has comgress not passed a law that any energy drilled or fracked in this country stays in this country? Becaause it's a global market not an american market. Congress continues to side with the oil companies and not with the american people by making laws that benefit us.

john hall
john hall7 years ago

Gary A. It's been proven that the u.s. has got plenty of crude oil that we haven't even tapped into to .

Jamie Clemons
Jamie Clemons7 years ago

"This last stop mystifies many, since Obama has continually rejected construction of the northern portion of the Keystone XL on environmental grounds. "

Mark my words he will aprove it after the election.

Jamie Clemons
Jamie Clemons7 years ago

Typicall illinois politician talks about clean energy then he supports the keystone pipeline, more drilling, and even dangerous nuclear energy.

Gary Ansorge
Gary Ansorge7 years ago

James K.

,,,and of course, the fact that oil is a diminishing resource, getting harder to find and extract, has nothing to do with the price of oil?

People make money off oil futures because they know one thing you apparently do not,,,we're already AT peak oil production. The price can only go up,,,(kinda like global warming,,,).

Gary Ansorge
Gary Ansorge7 years ago

Mike C

You are Soo wrong,,,I don't know where you live but it sure isn't in the USA. We haven't had prices THAT low for a decade.

"January 2, 2008—The day after New Years saw crude oil prices at a record $100 per barrel, with regular unleaded fuel costing an average of $3.05 per gallon"

Or this,,,

"April 21, 2008—Gasoline prices jump to a record $3.50 a gallon in some parts of the U.S."

or THIS,,,

"May 21, 2008—Oil price skyrockets to $130 a barrel. Holly cow!!!

June 9, 2008—Retail gas prices rise above $4 per gallon."

,,,and Obama didn't even take office until Jan, 2009,,,


James K.
Mike Kelly7 years ago

Repealing the Commodities Futures Trading Reorganization Act (CFTRA) would instantly lower gasoline prices. Prior to the Act, if you invested in energy futures, you had to take delivery of the energy when the date came to redeem your futures.

Wendy Gramm (Wife of Senator Phil Gramm) was head of the Commodities Futures Trading Commission. Wendy wrote the CFTRA and handed it to her hubby, Senator Phil Gramm (The same guy who opened the door for credit default swap trading which caused the mortgage scam of 2008, and the Second Republican Great Depression; the same guy who said the current recession was caused by us because we are whiners; the same guy that John McCain used as his Chief Economic Advisor).

The bill passed and was signed into law. Wendy quit her job as head of the CFTC and went to work for ........................ wait for it .......................... ENRON, at $800K!

The biggest owners of gasoline futures today are not the owners of huge trucking companies that need fuel. The biggest owners are Goldmann Sachs and Bank of America who, last time I checked, did not have a fleet of conveyor vessels at sea that needed the fuel. They buy future gasoline, keep it off the market long enough to create a shortage on paper, and then sell it to us when the gouge price gets high enough.

Bruce K.
Bruce K7 years ago

1 MILLION solar panels providing enough energy to power 17,000 homes!?.....and they are made in China.
And as Steve R. said we still need gas to get to work, unless you live in NY or any Major city