Barack Obama: worst environmental president…ever?
What’s Al Gore got to say about this?
A new report by the International Energy Association says the U.S. will become the world’s largest oil producer by 2017, overtaking current leaders Saudi Arabia and Russia. U.S. energy policies initiated by the George W. Bush administration and implemented by President Barack Obama have moved the U.S. toward energy independence and away from Middle East energy sources. U.S. oil production has risen rapidly since 2008 and oil imports are at their lowest level in two decades.
Well that is awesome news. Unless, that is, you’re a hard core environmentalist who believes the internal combustion engine is spawn of the Devil and voted Obama because he shares your pro-Gaia views.
And I mean that without sarcasm: this is awesome news, and I fully support any Obama administration policies that help make it reality. I do admit to a smidge of skepticism: seems to me that President Obama’s policies have been notably anti-energy, as applied to traditional forms like oil and coal. Haven’t they? I wonder if this report takes that into account somehow?
The IEA also says the U.S. could become self-sufficient in energy by 2035 and a net exporter of natural gas by 2020.
Seems like those dates should be reversed, doesn’t it?