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By The Reverend Published: April 27, 2011

Headline from the popular rightwing blog site Gateway Pundit, March 18,2011.....

"Obama Praises Brazilian Oil Industry While He Blocks Drilling Here At Home"

After quoting from an editorial in USA Today by President Obama discussing our energy partnership with Brazil, Gateway Pundit writer, Jim Hoft, goes on to say this....

This is the same president who has declared war on domestic oil and gas exploration and production since the first day he moved into the White House.

Sarah Palin reported on his anti-energy agenda earlier this week.

The evidence of the President’s anti-drilling mentality and his culpability in the high gas prices hurting Americans is there for all to see.

I find that this is the majority sentiment found throughout the conservative movement regarding Obama's attitude towards energy exploration and production here in the U.S. If you listen to AM radio yakkers, watch Fox, or frequent conservative blogs....you find that it's an article of faith among conservatives that Obama hates American oil companies and is working hard to do them damage.

Gateway Pundit's blog posting of March 18 was in response to a letter
entitled..."Obama Energy Policy Harming State Economies"....sent to Obama by 20 Republican governors. The Chairman of the Republican Governors Association, Haley Barbour, put it this way...

“For the sake of economic growth, our country needs a policy of more abundant, affordable, American energy. Unfortunately, the President is doing exactly the opposite and road-blocking reasonable ways to increase America’s energy supply and create jobs.”

These kinds of lies about Obama's energy policies and practices have been spread for so long that most casual observers simply accept them now as Gospel.

Wingnut darling Michele Bachmann (R-MN).....now being championed as a Serious GOP presidential candidate, said this on March 26....

"Let's look at the number one. Number one," Bachmann said. "That's the number of new drilling permits under the Obama administration since they came into office."

Politifact rates that as a "Pants on Fire" lie, reporting that Obama has approved 39 shallow water drilling permits during his short tenure...and has now approved at least 6 more deep water drilling permits since the gulf moratorium was lifted.

To this current bunch of Republicans...lying is just like breathing. Lying has become a very serious, monkey-on-their-backs, addiction.

Think Progress reported yesterday on the oil services company Halliburton.

Oil giant Halliburton reported record revenues in the first quarter of 2011, pulling in $5.3 billion.

Halliburton’s consolidated revenue in the first quarter of 2011 was $5.3 billion, compared to $3.8 billion in the first quarter of 2010…These increases were attributable to increased activity in United States land

“I am extremely pleased with our Q1 results, as overall revenue in the first quarter set a company record of $5.3 billion. North America delivered strong performance as margins progressed due to increased activity…” said Dave Lesar, chairman, president and chief executive officer.

Someone needs to alert the Republican Governors Association....and Sister Sarah.

Halliburton's CEO on prospects moving forward....

“We have been confident about the robust outlook in North America, and the prospect of higher activity in the coming quarters has made us more bullish in the strength of our business in 2011 and beyond.”

For 28 straight months, just as was done with Bill Clinton, shameless and conscienceless Republicans have simply been making sh*t up about Barack Obama. Republican officials do the lying and then Fox and their disgusting Friends swear to those lies.

And to what end?

Two reasons.

The first is, of course, Mitchy McConnell's Droopy Dawg admission that his top priority was to limit Obama to one term.

The second is that Republicans don't look after the needs of the American people when it comes to energy. They look after the needs of the energy industry players.

I submit the following as evidence....

From the 2009 report of the U.S. Energy Information Administration's analysis of the difference between full offshore drilling and restriction to offshore drilling.....

No change in gasoline pricing by 2020. 3 cents per gallon decline by 2030.

Furthermore....remember all those "capped wells" in offshore waters we heard about during the BP oil spill?

Oil companies in the U.S. have access to some 34 billion barrels of offshore oil they haven't developed yet.

So what do we have here?

We have Republican elected officials, and the conservative media players who service them, lying about the current president's agenda vis-a-vis oil production. But we also have a Republican Party which knows that drilling in every acre, onshore and offshore, in the United States, will only lower gasoline pricing by, at best, 3 cents per gallon, by the year 2030.

In addition, we have an oil industry doing gangbusters since Obama took office...and an industry which is sitting on capped wells presumably to be uncapped when crude oil pricing moves even higher.

This ugly example is but one of many being perpetrated by the oligarchs who rule over us. Big Corporation and Big Government have become one in the United States. While both political parties are guilty.....when it comes to Big Oil, it is the Republicans who will use any means....including bouts of Pinocchio-nose lying....to produce the profitable ends for Big Oil for which they were elected.

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