President Obama does not “accept responsibility” for high gas prices, his spokesman indicated today, arguing that Obama has done everything he could to bring down the price of oil and blaming the high gas prices on oil price increases caused by global factors.
“The president accepts the responsibility that he identified the next president should accept, back in 2008, which is the need to develop a comprehensive energy policy,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said today when asked if Obama “accept[s] responsibility” for the high price of oil and gas. “If you’re suggesting that there is responsibility for a rise in the global price of oil, it’s certainly not because of anything he hasn’t done to expand domestic oil and gas production,” Carney added.
Asked if he believes it is fair for Americans to blame the president, Carney noted that gas price hikes are “a recurrent problem.” He added that domestic oil production is at a record high right now and that Obama has opened “millions of acres in the Gulf of Mexico” to drilling.
The conversation today stemmed from yesterday, when Carney was asked about the Keystone XL pipeline. He said that “the president did not turn down the Keystone pipeline,” arguing that Republicans prevented a full environmental review from taking place.