Interior Secretary Ken Salazar spoke at the National Press Club Tuesday, where he blasted House Republicans for residing in a “world of fairy tales” with some oil and gas industry leaders, blinded to what he claims is the Obama Administration’s commitment to domestic fossil fuels.
“There is this imagined energy world, maybe a world of fairy tales, falsehoods, that we often see in Washington, D.C.,” The Washington Times reports Secretary Salazar went on to say during his speech Tuesday. “It’s a divide between the real energy world that we work on every day and the imagined fairy tale world. It’s a place where up is seen as down, where left is seen as right.”
Several employers of thousands in the energy industry would argue that the damage the Obama administration has done is very real.
Nevertheless, the president’s fellow Democrats on Capitol Hill will have the opportunity to affirm whether or not they truly support domestic fossil fuel production as Republican Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch has introduced an omnibus energy/federal land use bill Wednesday, which includes bills that call for expedited consideration of permits to drill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Christopher Horner of the Competitive Enterprise Institute joined “Real News” Wednesday to discuss the Obama Administration’s supposed support for the fossil fuels industry. Horner admits that energy production since Obama took office is up, but that does not necessarily mean that his administration had anything to do with it.
During his remarks Tuesday, Salazar patted the administration on the back for the increase in domestic oil production on federal lands since Obama became president. The Washington Times notes that the figures from the federal Energy Information Administration (EIA) show that Salazar’s assertion may be technically true, but the secretary left out the fact that the numbers are heading in the opposite direction; oil production on government land since 2008 is up overall, but dropped 14 percent from 2010 to 2011.
“It’s hypocrisy of the highest order,” Horner commented on the Obama administration taking credit for energy production highs they had nothing to do. Horner went on to bash the president’s “all of the above” energy strategy.
“All of the above doesn’t draw any line to exclude the asinine, or the truly economically destructive,” Horner said. Watch Christopher Horner’s complete interview on “Real News:”