Home > newsroom > Page
After Four Years of President Obama, Gasoline Prices Still Rising While Economy Continues to Sputter


WASHINGTON, D.C., September 10, 2012 - For the third time during the Obama Administration, gasoline prices are closing in on a national average of $4.00 per gallon, although many across the country are already paying much more. Since President Obama took office, gasoline prices have more than doubled from $1.84 per gallon to a painful $3.90 per gallon as of September 10, 2012.

Source: Energy Information Administration

With 23 million Americans looking for work, rising gasoline prices are continuing to hurt American families. Unfortunately many Americans will struggle to afford to drive to work or take their kids to school and be forced to forgo trips to see friends and family or go on vacations as rising gasoline prices not only make travel more expensive but also groceries and other everyday necessities.

The best way to decrease gasoline prices is to lessen America’s dangerous dependence on foreign countries for oil. Since taking office President Obama has repeatedly blocked efforts to increase American oil production by issuing a moratorium in the Gulf a Mexico, imposing a subsequent de facto moratorium, blocking 85% of America’s offshore from oil and natural gas production, canceling lease sales in the West, and delaying offshore permits.

House Republicans have offered a long list of bipartisan legislation to increase American energy production, create over a million new jobs, lower gasoline prices and grow the economy. Unfortunately, President Obama has opposed these bipartisan solutions and the Democrat controlled Senate has refused to act on these bills to create jobs, lower gasoline prices and increase America’s energy security.

###

Printable PDF of this document


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

Latest News

Members and Zinke Discuss a Better Path Forward for the Department of the Interior

Today, the Committee on Natural Resources held an oversight hearing with Department of the Interior (DOI) Secretary Ryan Zinke to examine the Trump Administration’s budget proposal for Fiscal Year 201...... Read more

Bishop: Grizzly Delisting Process Emblematic of Need for ESA Reform

Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem will be delisted from the endangered species list. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the fo...... Read more

House Passes "One Stop-Shop" Permitting Bill to Expand Water Storage Infrastructure

Today, the House passed H.R. 1654, the “Water Supply Permitting Coordination Act,” by a bipartisan vote of 233-180. Introduced by Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA), the bill creates a “one-stop-shop” permitt...... Read more

View All News

Calendar

Full Committee Markup
Full Committee | 1324 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515
Oversight Hearing “Examining Policy Impacts of Excessive Litigation Against the Department of the Interior”
Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations | 1324 Longworth House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515
Oversight Hearing on "Examining Access to Oil and Gas Development on Federal Lands"
Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources | 1324 Longworth House Office Building Washington D.C. 20515
View All Events