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Mississippi’s Barbour Accuses Obama Of Inflating Gas Prices

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Back in January 2009, when President Obama was sworn in, the price of gas wasn't much over $2 a gallon. Now, the national average is around the $4 mark (though settling gradually downward).

But are gas prices higher because of the Obama administration?

That's what Republican Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour alleged in an appearance on CBS's Face the Nation Sunday.

Actual gasoline market experts, in a number of reports, have blamed the latest spike in crude-oil prices not on domestic energy policy but on a combination of market speculation that's come with the improving economy, political upheaval in the Mideast, and continued increased demand from overseas markets like India and China. However, locally in the U.S. market, analysts have for months identified the U.S. market as being in a state of oversupply, with the supply of finished gasoline outpacing demand according to the DOE's Energy Information Administration (EIA).

Face the Nation host Bob Scheiffer asked Barbour if he thought had accused the President of trying to drive up the cost of energy—so that Americans would use less of it.

"This administration's policy has clearly been to drive up the cost of so that Americans would use less of it," the GOP governor responded. "That's environmental policy, that's not energy policy."

Barbour, once a potential 2012 Presidential candidate, has bowed out. But as we warm up to the 2012 Presidential campaign season, expect a new round of finger-pointing to begin.


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Comments (7)
  1. Why is it that every republican is seeking to blame Obama for everything including wiping his butt with the wrong hand??! You make NO sense! Number 1 Obama was sworn in Jan. 20th 2009 not 2008 but I know you chose to use 2008 to try to make your argument with the gas price. Number 2 the gas prices was actually higher and more like $1.90-$2.00 in the midwest. California more like $2.00-$2.25. Prices rose because every time someone in Iraq, Iran, Kuwait sneezes the prices go up and down. You want this to change then maybe speak about how it should not be allowed to "bet" on oil futures that is why our oil prices are so inconsistent. Number 3 you can blame this on your republican friend George Dubya Bush he is in bed with half the oil

  2. "Why is it that every republican is seeking to blame Obama for everything"..... probably b/c the democrats blamed Bush for everything before......oh wait "you can blame this on your republican friend George Dubya Bush he is in bed with half the oil"....there you go!
    Case in point. Have nice days cupcake!

  3. Rick, maybe because Obama blames everything on Bush?
    Like it or not Barbour is 100% right. This is what Obama and the left have always wanted, higher gas prices.
    Facts are facts.

  4. The national average price of gas was $1.84 per gallon when Obama was sworn in. We can have more stable fuel prices if we increase our domestic supply, it would also add many good paying jobs and increase tax revenue. Poor fiscal policy and the Fed printing crazy amounts of money has devalued the dollar and increased the cost.

  5. We need to rid of ourselves of the greedy bastards on Wall Street. The terrorists hit the wrong buildings on 9/11.

  6. gas prices, like the oil companies paying taxes, has been fixed for years by the government haven't you figured that out yet you idiots? your government and the gas companies have been price fixing for years! how did you think the politicians get into office? money, oil company money! thats how they don't pay taxes to! john george columbus ohio

  7. GOP's Barbour knows he's telling a "tall tale"
    Think Progress shocking Report published today exposes "How Koch Became An Oil Speculation Powerhouse - From Inventing Oil Derivatives To Deregulating The Market" and how Republicans in Congress enabled Koch Bros & Wall St oil price gouging by constantly blocking laws to regulate speculation & protect oil prices & GOP knowingly helped them plunder the American people at the pump.
    We need a DOJ investigation..and the responsible parties in handcuffs, just like with Enron.
    So much for RW "free market" principles. Principles??

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