"Oil companies are the reason Americans are paying close to $4 a gallon in gasoline prices...(July 3 editorial, "Debt limit poseurs"). We need honest debate not political talking points. The truth is, it's the environmentalist supported by this president's policies who are more the cause for high gas prices than the oil companies (oil companies are not blameless but they are not the primary reason today for high prices).
In June 2008, in an interview on MSNBC, President Obama said he wanted higher energy prices but would have preferred they not rise so fast.
In May 2010, after the gulf spill by British Petroleum, Obama directed his administration to implement a blanket deep-water drilling moratorium. It was justified on a blue-ribbon panel report that had been peer-reviewed by seven experts. The seven experts, however, responded by saying the White House distorted their views. They implemented it anyway.
Later in July 2010, the Senate Energy Committee voted to rebuke a second White House's commission on the spill, in part because it contained no "technical expertise in offshore oil exploration..." It was however, loaded with anti-oil and anti-drilling activists as Natural Resources Defense Council President Beinecke.
In March 2011, President Obama told the new president of Brazil that we'll help develop their off-shore oil resources so we can one day import oil from them.
In June 2011, it's reported that a determined environmental campaign abetted by the Obama administration is in progress to shut down the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. Under the pressure of high gasoline prices, the Obama administration then suggested it would lease sales in the National Petroleum Reserve Alaska. Then it turned around and used the Gulf oil spill as an excuse to withhold those lease sales.
The Obama administration is clearly supporting policies that increase prices. The government's Energy Information Administration reports regular fuel was at $1.51 per gallon and $1.74 (up 15.4 percent) ending February 2003, under Bush. It reports $1.83 and $3.34 (up 82.5 percent) ending February 2011 under Obama.
It clear the Standard should hire a "fact checker" to review the editor who wrote the above referenced opinion.