Rising gas prices became a focal point on the presidential campaign trail this week. President Obama unveiled a set of energy proposals he said would increase energy efficiency and create new fuel supplies for the country, while the Republican candidates went on the offensive with their own energy policies.
President Obama: “Right now we are experiencing just another painful reminder of why developing new energy is so critical to our future. Just like last year, gas prices are climbing across the country…and when gas prices go up, it hurts everybody — everybody who owns a car, everybody who owns a business.…You know there are no quick fixes to this problem. You know we can’t just drill our way to lower gas prices.…If we’re going to avoid being at the mercy of these world events [turmoil in the Middle East or other parts of the world], we’ve got to have a sustained, all-of-the-above strategy that develops every available source of American energy. Yes, oil and gas, but also wind and solar and nuclear and biofuels and more. We need to keep developing technology that allows us to use less oil in our cars and trucks, less energy for our buildings and our plants and our factories — that’s the strategy we’re pursuing.”
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney: “I think the American people know that to a certain degree gas prices are driven by what’s happening around the world, supply and demand…The American people want to see the President’s trying to do something about it and he’s not just sending money outside the country to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars, in many cases to the people who don’t like us very much…”(Romney vowed to…) “finally get our oil and our gas out of the ground,” by following through and opening up already approved lands to licensed drilling companies.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich: “If you would like to have national energy, an American energy policy, never again bow to a Saudi King, and pay $2.50 a gallon, Newt Gingrich will be your candidate,” Gingrich said Saturday as he systematically rejected Obama’s energy speech and promised that $2.50 gas is achievable under a Gingrich administration, in part, by developing American oil and gas production.”
Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum: “Government policy has trampled the American spirit, trampled the opportunity for us to produce more oil, create more energy in this country and lower prices.”