America’s domestic oil-and-gas production is going bananas, and it’s largely thanks to advances in technology and expanded drilling on private and state-owned lands.
President Obama, however, is pretty fond of implying that the credit for the oil-and-gas industry going gangbusters belongs mostly to his policies. For much of 2012, he deliberately misused statistics that made it sound like “oil production is the highest it’s been in eight years” and “we’re importing less and less oil” was all him, and as recently as his last State of the Union he was insisting that “my administration will keep cutting red tape and speeding up new oil and gas permits… In fact, much of our newfound energy is drawn from lands and waters that we, the public, own together.”
No. A thousand times, no.