Ah yes. Gas prices are rising again so the right-wing(nuts) are again trotting out their tripe about gas prices doubling under Obama. Good old cns news (aka: conspiracy news service) is again making the claim.
Never mind that countless real news services have looked into the recent gas price spike and all come to the same conclusion. Uncertainity in the middle east (Iraq, Iran, Syria, Egypt…), The rebound of national economies including the US and China leading to increased demand. An unusually large number of US refineries being offline for maintenance, coupled with an unusually large number of ineffecient refineries that have gone under in the past year. And of course- oil company greed.
So- I really don’t want to go through all the actual facts again, and will just link to some of my previous blog posts- including from one of the last times cns news trotted this out.
But long story short- they cherry pick the gas prices, $1.83, from when the world economies, including the US, collapsed just before Obama took office. And ignore the fact that gas prices almost tripled under Bush- and were as high or higher for as much of Bushs term as Obamas.
And ignoring the fact that presidents have very little control over gas prices. Or that Bush jr is arguable the first and only president to have a (negative) impact on gas prices thanks to his unjustified war in Iraq disrupting supply and destabilinzing the middle east while seeing much of our countries oil industry moving to Iraq to clean up the mess.
Or the fact that domestic production has soared under Obama…
Anyway- some of my previous blog posts: