President Obama has serious energy problems — ranging from high gasoline prices, which torment consumers and affect the lifestyle of American families; to Solyndra and the like, where green-energy initiatives have failed to the point where they are not just failures but introduce questions of cover-up and deception within the administration. Obama must also deal with division among Democrats with regard to drilling and doing something affirmative to bring down gasoline prices. No one’s talking about it yet, but Obama also appears to be fulfilling his campaign promise to drive up home power bills by aggressively regulating America’s industries that produce electricity.
It will be difficult for Obama to escape his positions, which are heavily rooted in ideology. In today’s speech in New Hampshire, he made clear that he knows he has a problem and he doesn’t know what to do. The speech made his political problems worse because you can refine it down to the obvious underlying message – that is, there is no plan to lower energy costs in the near term and, for the long-term, Obama just expects us to dream along with him.
The president’s missteps on energy policy seem to have no end. Energy Secretary Steven Chu made the stunning admission that the his department is doing nothing to lower gasoline prices any time soon. Solyndra has gone from an energy disappointment to the subject of a criminal investigation. Green-energy jobs, once heralded by the president as a potential solution to unemployment woes, has now become a punchline as reports show few real jobs created from the $10 billion energy stimulus. And even former President Bill Clinton, whose political instincts no one can doubt, says that Obama is on the wrong side of the Keystone XL debate.
The administration’s energy policy problems will only worsen as the political process brings the broader energy issue into focus.
The Republican position on energy is simple. Republicans are against every single thing that Obama has done on energy, period. He has denied the obvious, done too little, done the wrong thing, or done nothing to ensure cheap, plentiful energy in America. Voters will be reminded of that constantly between now and November. There are only 250 days left until the Nov. 6 general election, and energy is just one more area where the contrast between the two parties is becoming more pronounced.