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Carney: Newt Gingrich “Lying” About $2.50 Gas

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney suggested Newt Gingrich is lying when he claims that he could reduce gasoline prices to $2.50 per gallon.

Carney, who spoke during today’s White House briefing, did not specifically refer to Gingrich, saying instead that anybody who says that a strategy exists that can make the price at the pump $2.50 is “lying.” But Gingrich has made his claimed ability to reduce prices to $2.50 a gallon a major plank of his campaign, and the comment was clearly directed at the former speaker.

Washington politicos rarely resort to the verb “to lie” when referring to their opponents’ statements. The tactic usually is to call something “misleading” or “untruthful.”

Carney’s tough wording suggests the enormity of the threat the White House perceives from rising gas prices and the pain for voters at the pump. Carney and other White House officials have repeatedly insisted that there is little the president can do to stem the increases, and have suggested a longer term  “all of the above” approach that includes not only drilling but development of alternative fuel sources.

168 Responses to Carney: Newt Gingrich “Lying” About $2.50 Gas

  1. What’s really going to kill Obama in the election is the video of him saying, “Under my energy plan energy prices will necessarily skyrocket.”. Obama’s plan was to make gas prices skyrocket thereby making all his green energy projects more attractive. There’s no way Obama can lie about his plan. There’s too much video evidence.

  2. The Liar-in-Chief’s Main Liar called Newt a liar.

    No one on earth could exceed the absurdity of these clowns.

    Stop the pain. Vote for anyone other than Obama this November.

  3. Ah. Half truths.
    All of the above would include Keystone XL at least as far as North Dakota or Wyoming.
    All of the above would include clean and affordable coal-fired power plants to keep prices down for consumers.
    All of the above would mean extracting oil and gas in western Colorado…. even on BLM land that produces income to fund the government.
    I don’t want a 56 mile per gallon micro car.
    Where I live we are energy rich…… if we are allowed to extract it. We have oil, gas and coal. Let us extract our energy and utilize it. It’s cheaper than solar or wind.
    My son is a coal miner.

  4. For sure gas prices should be lower. Make the speculators put up more of their own money up front. We are being screwed. I believe our politicians are in on it too, both parties. If Newt can get the price down he’s got my vote. ABO!

  5. We can drill all we want, but it won’t help much if we dole out 1 trillion a year in funny money.

    “It is on the basis of such calculations that a recent Joint Economic Committee report estimated that Federal Reserve policies have added almost 57 cents to the price of a gallon of gasoline for American motorists.”

  6. If we would have implemented an America First program with drill here and drill now in 2008… then we would have been that much closer towards fuel independence. Something that is desperately needed today. Would you not agree? At least Newt Gingrich is ready and willing to take up into the future and not into slavery.

  7. ” …….little the president can do?….. What a crock! Would that Obama just stand aside and do nothing! Would that he had never appointed any czars and been instrumental in adding regulations and bottlenecks to the whole economy!

    Every time I see Jay Carney in the media, I think of a young little spoiled college boy who is Obama’s mini me propaganda tool………

    Bakken is 24 billion barrels.

    Harold Hamm, the Oklahoma-based founder and CEO of Continental Resources, the 14th-largest oil company in America, is a man who thinks big. He came to Washington last month to spread a needed message of economic optimism: With the right set of national energy policies, the United States could be “completely energy independent by the end of the decade. We can be the Saudi Arabia of oil and natural gas in the 21st century.”

  9. In his weekly address last week Obama said, “Under my Administration, oil production in America is at an eight-year high. We’ve quadrupled the number of operating oil rigs, and opened up millions of acres for drilling.”

    I looked up US oil production from the US Energy Information Administration and found this info:
    U.S. Crude Oil Production by year (million bpd)
    1993 6.85
    1994 6.66
    1995 6.56
    1996 6.46
    1997 6.45
    1998 6.25
    1999 5.88
    2000 5.82
    2001 5.80
    2002 5.75
    2003 5.68
    2004 5.42
    2005 5.18
    2006 5.10
    2007 5.06
    2008 4.95
    2009 5.36
    2010 5.47
    2011 5.60
    — source, US EIA >> Analysis & Projections>> Short-Term Energy Outlook >>Data>> Custom Table Builder

    Notice that Obama said oil production for the last 8 years… and his statement would be true for that. But what about every year before that? (EIA data only goes back to ’93)

    Given his selective use of ‘facts’, I wonder what he meant by “quadrupled the number of operating oil rigs” (notice that it’s “operating” rigs) and “opened up millions of acres for drilling”, but not saying when those rigs and acres were opened. I suppose it’s possible he could have opened none, but his statement would still be ‘true’. And what percent of that came from federal land?

    Phoenix, AZ

  10. […] It’s been almost a year since the Obama administration released its Blueprint for a Secure Energy Future, but more importantly, it’s been two weeks since Energy Secretary Steven Chu got chewed out for not caring enough about lowering gas prices. And Newt Gingrich, whose presidential campaign is slipping into irrelevancy, can still do some political damage with his claim that he could bring gas prices down to $2.50. […]