The far right is spreading their gas prices lies, yet again. The far right conservative news network (yes, they changed their name to “cybercast” news in a futile attempt to hide their underlying bias) is falsely trumbeting the claim that “gas prices doubled under Obama“.
But just as the far right (and indeed, even the middle right) tried to trumpet a few months ago when gas prices spiked due to tensions with Iran and the summer fuel spike (and the GOP presidential hopefuls almost all blustering they would attack Iran), they ignore basic facts, and cherry pick numbers.
Somehow, without fali, the right picks the magic “$1.83/gal price for Bush- and to “show” how gas prices rose under Obama.
Conveniently ignoring the fact that this price, from the breif period after the election/before Obama took office- was the result of the global economic collapse. Down from the record $4.14 during the summer of 2008 under Bush. Or that during the last two years of bush gas remained at the high $3 mark. With gas prices having doubled under Bush, and nearly tripling during the end of his tenure.
And likewise ignoring that under Obama gas prices actually fell. Indeed, for more then half of his presidency gas prices nationwide averaged under $3 – well under the new normal that existed for the last two ears of the Bush administration.
And of course they ignore the fact that presidents, generally speaking, have little impact on gas prices. (The case can be made however- that Bush broke this rule- due to the disruption of supply in Iraq for his war based on lies, the general unease this caused in the middle eadt, and the bulk of the US oil industry moving to IRaq to work on government…ie: taxpayer contracts to fix their oil infrastructure).
And of course they ignore that Obama, against the wishes of democrats- moved to open up offshore drilling at a level previously unheard of- and that this was only checked by the Deepwater Horizon Disaster.
And ignore the evidence, such as the exhaustive study by the AP (which I blogged on here: http://goo.gl/esCCT ) that domestic production has no impact on prices…that indeed- some of our highest prices have coincided with highest domestic production.
But the far right proves time and time again they won’t let facts get in the way of their narrative.