Home > newsroom > Page
Hot Air Alert: White House Claims Support for U.S. Energy Production, Actions Tell an Entirely Different Story


WASHINGTON, D.C., January 17, 2012 - Today during the White House Press Briefing, Press Secretary Jay Carney attempted to defend the Obama Administration’s dismal energy record when asked about the President’s Jobs Council report that recommends increased energy production on federal lands as a way to create new American jobs:

“The fact of the matter is, on oil and gas production, we have higher oil production in this country in 2010 than we've had since 2003. This President is committed to an all-of-the-above approach in our energy development, which means increasing production here at home, a focus on natural gas and its importance for our energy future, as well as investments in clean energy.”

Despite Carney’s rhetoric, the facts show that the Obama Administration’s actions are actually causing a decrease in American energy production:

  • Oil and natural gas production on federal lands is down by over 40% compared to ten years ago. Carney does not explain that the vast majority of increased production is occurring on private lands in states such as North Dakota, not on federal lands.
  • Under the Obama Administration, 2010 had the LOWEST number of onshore leases issued since 1984.
  • The Administration held only one offshore lease sale in 2011. Conducted on December 14th, the Administration narrowly avoided making 2011 the first year since 1953 without an offshore lease sale.

If President Obama is truly committed to an all-of-the-above energy approach:

  • Why is he proposing an offshore drilling plan that keeps the majority of our offshore energy resources under lock-and-key?
  • Why did his Administration just impose a 20-year ban on uranium mining on one million acres of federal land in Arizona?
  • Why is he refusing to make a decision on the Keystone XL Pipeline?

###

Printable PDF of this document


Contact: Jill Strait, Spencer Pederson or Crystal Feldman 202-226-9019

Latest News

Panel Decries Natural Resources Laws Led Astray, Outlines Local Consequences of Executive Overreach

Today, the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held the first of a series of oversight hearings to examine the impacts of federal natural resources laws gone astray. The panel focused on thre...... Read more

Op-Ed: "Time to Modernize the Antiquity Act"

NOTE: “Consider how far the Antiquities Act has strayed from its original intent: The act states that monument designations should be limited to “the smallest area compatible with proper care and mana...... Read more

Community Reclamation Partnerships Act Draws Bipartisan Support

Today, the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held a legislative hearing on the “Community Reclamation Partnerships Act” (Rep. Darin LaHood, R-IL), discussion draft legislation to authorize ...... Read more

View All News

Calendar

No upcoming scheduled events

View All Events