Recently, a three person panel of Republican governors held a press conference at the Republican Governors Association and a reporter asked Governor Jindal about his thoughts on what President Obama could do to lower the price of gas at the pump, if anything. Notice that she is quick to protect President Obama and take a swipe at President Bush from "four years ago".
This is how Louisiana Governor Jindal explains actions President Obama could do to ease the rising price of gas at the pump:
Gov. Bobby Jindal on Energy from Republican Governors Association on Vimeo.
His answer is a solid one and nothing new. Why? Because there is no new way of increasing our energy independence. The simple fact is this - until we have leadership in the White House on this issue and real knowledge of the industry guiding policy decisions, the American people will see no relief. Why is oil and gas production up - only on private lands, I might add, not on federal land or in the Gulf of Mexico - you ask? It is because of the policies of former President Bush. I know Barack Obama doesn't like that fact but that doesn't change the truth. Nothing in the energy industry is instant, whether it is drilling, production, or exploration. It all takes time. And, by the way, it is unbelievably expensive.
We have an administration in place with the stated goal of stopping domestic oil and gas production. The slow walking of leases and permits, a year where no leases were sold for drilling, stopping the Keystone Pipeline project, an onset of new regulations that choke business development, blaming "big oil" for our nation's economic woes, etc. It's all the same old dialogue.
Barack Obama has no energy policy. He has an ideological agenda.