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Who's Behind Those Ridiculous Obama Gas Price Attacks? Oil Companies and Pro-Israeli Activists

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via American Principals SuperPAC
Seen these billboards?
Miami-Dade voters have been inundated with political ads for going on six months now, but among the most visible -- and probably the most risible -- are the billboards all over I-95 and now the full-page Miami Herald ads showing Obama bowing to a Saudi sheik and blaming the Prez for higher gas prices.

Who's behind the gas-price blitz? Well, oil companies and pro-Israeli activists of course.

About two months ago, a handful of these billboards popped up around South Florida, contrasting gas prices when Obama took office to the cost at the pump today:

The ads are hilarious for any number of reasons. Gas prices were so low when Obama took office because the world was teetering on the brink of a full-blown depression, sinking demand to historic lows and plummeting costs. How dare Obama rescue us from the brink of catastrophe and thus increase demand!

Every presidential cycle, every economist in America repeats the same mantra: PRESIDENTS DON'T AFFECT GAS PRICES. They just don't.

(A University of Chicago economist recently polled 41 economists from across the political spectrum about whether presidents -- rather than market forces -- can change the cost of gas. Not a single economist believed the president had any role in price fluctuations.)

There are plenty of legit criticisms of Obama's energy policy and his foreign policy. Blaming him for gas prices is not one of them. So stop it.

So who is behind the attacks?

Let's start with the billboards. They're the work of a Miami-based SuperPAC called American Principles.

American Principles has been tied to Israeli activist groups by online watchdogs. A spokesman for the PAC did not respond to multiple emails from Riptide to talk about the campaign.

If you opened your Miami Herald after Monday's debate, you'd find a very similar full-page ad, also showing Obama bowing to Saudi King Abdullah and claiming "his restrictive energy policies ... endanger our children's future."

The source of Tuesday's ads was a different PAC, called the New American Energy Opportunity Foundation.

Like American Principals, they have yet to file any donor reports. But in interviews -- and in their leadership -- they haven't been shy in admitting they're working for Big Oil.

The group's president, Martin Fleming, is former president of the Texas Independent Producers; along with the group's chairman, Scott Noble, he runs the nation's largest oil and gas royalties company.

Before the RNC in Tampa, Fleming pledged to lead a political fight for oil producers.

"Here's one of the things that the oil and gas industry has done traditionally. We've sat around the table and talked to each other about how we wished things were different, and then went back to working and didn't do anything about it," Fleming said according to an NPR report. "We decided that the stakes in this election are too great to continue to sit on the sidelines."

Fleming's group argues Obama has erred by halting drilling in federal wildlife preserves. Obviously, oil producers could make more money if Obama opened up more domestic drilling, but would it affect gas prices?

Nope. As this analysis points out, prices under George W. Bush rose from $1.45 a gallon to more than $4 even as he set new domestic drilling records.

Why is that? Because the U.S. produces less than 2 percent of the world's oil while consuming 20 percent; no matter how much more drilling we open up, we'll always be a buyer on a global market. All that extra oil we produce will just get sold to the highest bidder without making a dent in the global supply.

It's almost as if Fleming's group cares more about making money for the oil industry than helping American consumers. Hmmmm ....

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50 comments
chediakgilbert
chediakgilbert

To say that the price of Oil is due to business expansion is crazy talk.  When the Gallon wa $1.87 the U.S. economy was expanding at about 6% a year. The DEVALUED DOLLAR is really to blame for the price of oil and that policy belongs to Obama and his quantitive easing which make the dollar weaker on the world market.

CockPunch
CockPunch

"Because the U.S. produces less than 2 percent of the world's oil while consuming 20 percent; no matter how much more drilling we open up, we'll always be a buyer on a global market. All that extra oil we produce will just get sold to the highest bidder without making a dent in the global supply."

 

Sorry Tim, but that is not quite accurate. The United States is actually poised to become the world's number 1 country in terms of oil production. Right now the U.S. is third behind Saudi Arabia and Russia for first. Growth is at 7 percent, and by next year we should be right along side Saudi Arabia, surpassing Russia, and eventually Saudi Arabia world's biggest oil producer. What happens when you reach the top? You look down and laugh snivelingly at your opponents.

 

The U.S. now only imports 40 percent of its oil. Fuck all.

Lourdes Diaz
Lourdes Diaz

When Bush was president, everyone on the Right agreed that there was nothing he could do about gas prices. Eric - its called facts, look them up.

Kristina Villaverde
Kristina Villaverde

I saw 3 of these billboards in the past 2 weeks. Each time all I could say is how horrible and racist. .

Kristina Villaverde
Kristina Villaverde

I saw 3 of these billboards in the past 2 weeks. Each time all I could say is how horrible and racist. .

Eric Puntervold
Eric Puntervold

Hey new times, we get it, you worship Obama. Get his penis out of your mouths already

Jose Arpajon
Jose Arpajon

Bullsh*t a the President most definitely can influence gas prices and if he doesn't want to, or is to ignorant to know how. Then his ass should he evicted from the white house!

Mario Francisco Garcia
Mario Francisco Garcia

Gas under Bush's last year was +$4.00. Five years later and not much of a difference.

J Jess Jessi Abalos
J Jess Jessi Abalos

My boss repeated this lie to me and I told him that was the most untrue statement ever, gas hasn't been 1.89 since the early 90's MAYBE!

Howard Townsend
Howard Townsend

Funny, im sure Alexander was defending Bush the same way back when he was presiding over high gas prices. Are you going to assert that Obama has no affect on the exorbitant $16 trillion he has been racking up since he took over? Interesting FACT, obama banned offshore drilling in the US then funded Brazil's(PetroBras) offshore drilling with billions of American taxpayer money in 2010. Explain that behavior.

Alexander Castle
Alexander Castle

Usnews is right wing and that's opinion not fact he cannot change that price is based on world demand not demand in the US or your neighborhood

Luis Morales
Luis Morales

That is false. The president can do things that affect oil prices. One of the easiest things he can do is build the pipeline, and start drilling right here in the US. We have the most oil rich soil in the world.... yet we rely on the middle east and Venezuela... not exactly a good idea. Under Obama, energy prices have gone up 90%. Thats not a mistake, as a candidate he said that would happen enlighten yourselves. http://www.usnews.com/debate-club/is-obama-to-blame-for-high-gas-prices/obama-can-control-some-factors-that-affect-oil-prices

Ray Hernandez
Ray Hernandez

Lol at the folks that say "Gas prices are high, blame Obama....." and then as soon as shit starts getting cheap they say "Obama has nothing to do with it...." Make up your mind people! Also, here is a piece of advice, Google-"OPEC"

mokeefe59
mokeefe59

Boy, you sure do leave out a lot!  The higher the price of oil the lesser the value of our dollar.  Does anybody know why that is?  Probably, very few know why.  The fact that we no longer go by the Gold standard since 1972 which was supposed to be temporary.  So much for temporary.  Our borrowing to pay for domestic and international spending and Bernanke with the printing press has caused our dollar to be devalued.  It's idiotic as it's been done before by other nations and our politicians and most of our citizens live with the idea that it just won't happen to us as it happened to other nations.  And there's more to that story as well.  But you all need to investigate because the media is not filling you in.  They are lazy and too afraid to ask real questions and to be inquisitive enough to be skeptics on answers and get to the bottom of things even if it contradicts their own personal views and agendas.

Minh Kha
Minh Kha

Sad thing is, these signs will actually sway people to vote for the other guy believing its true..

Craig Chester
Craig Chester

If you really want lower gas prices, then we should induce another recession which will plunge demand! These billboards are beyond idiotic and insulting to anyone with half-a-brain.

Adri Ana
Adri Ana

people seem to have very short-term memory....gas prices under Bush were just as bad

ezradv
ezradv

The thing that always strikes me a funny is that if that is true then why do oil companies and pro-Israeli need to spend millions to remind us that this is indeed true?

Mike MIguel
Mike MIguel

I agree , they are extremely stupid , low class and actually show how stupid the oposition is ! Trying to generate emotions of discontent in the thousands of uneducated Americans to create an influenced opinion.

Igorr DeAraujo
Igorr DeAraujo

I HATE those fucking stupid billboards. Its not even true!!! Gas was just OR MORE expensive

Travis Cole
Travis Cole

It's not his fault, it's Rosanne Barrs fault!

Derek Lavernia
Derek Lavernia

Leave it to zionists to litter the highways with this crap

Ron Bronson
Ron Bronson

"change" would have included a new energy strategy

Terrance Skerrette
Terrance Skerrette

Those nuts will try anything to get blackness out the white-house

Mike Evans
Mike Evans

The SuperPACs are out of control all over I95 in South Florida. It's ridiculous.

Lon Allen
Lon Allen

Unless of course they are Republican.

munchymunch
munchymunch

 increase employment in a recession without keynesian economics..replublicans believe in magic

BlakMachiavelli
BlakMachiavelli

@MiamiNewTimes regular gas was $1.84 when POTUS took office. The NAV now; $3.61, 50 cents lower than the all-time high $4.11 under Dubyah!

bmanmpd
bmanmpd

The truth is Obama has failed unemployment is not lower, he's increased the defecit, and he's offered no solutions.  It's been almost 4 years he can't blame Bush anymore.  It's time for a change his ideas haven't worked. 

michaelmorronga
michaelmorronga

that add is ridiculous and anyone that believes it is a moron

tupapi
tupapi

Thank God we have the Miami New Times to explain energy policy and economics to us.  Please.  Just because you don't like that ad doesn't make it ridiculous.  There is nothing in that ad that is untrue, including the picture of our Commander in Chief bowing to a foreign, un-elected leader.

kickbackattack
kickbackattack

@MiamiNewTimes Could you all be anymore biased?!?

ERICK18L
ERICK18L

@MiamiNewTimes Truth hurts. Enjoy these next couple weeks!

Seanfields32
Seanfields32

@MiamiNewTimes Next week at this time, the discussion will be of Obama moving ahead in Florida

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

  Reagan Legacy: Amnesty For Illegal Immigrants. 2.9 million people came forward. Ronald Reagan praised mujahideen as "freedom fighters  Reaganomics =higher taxes and unemployed ' Try to kill medicare Reagan raised the debt ceiling 18 times for a total increase of 199%.

RepubRetards
RepubRetards

 @bmanmpd in order to have any credibility on the matter, first learn how to spell deficit, then look up the history and find out Obama is actually on the lower end of the scale while trying to fix the Bush crisis!

 

National Debt % change by presidency:

Carter 42.3%

Reagan 188.6%

Bush 55.6%

Clinton 35.6%

Bush 89%

Obama 41.4%

RepubRetards
RepubRetards

 @tupapi it's called local customs you ethnocentric bonehead.   Try getting out a little more.

Olga38
Olga38

 @RepubRetards  @bmanmpd

 Ignorance is dangerous ...where in the world did you find this misleading piece of work? Looks like you're only strength is in the spelling bee and not so much on fiscal policy.

bmanmpd
bmanmpd

 @RepubRetards Let me ask you numb nuts how long have you been on food stamps?  Do you have an Obama phone? 

 

Bottom line unemployment is rampant and they fudge the numbers to make themselves look good.  Obama's presidency is a failure we are a weaker nation and we have become a nanny state.  How did that work out for Greece?

 

Should we give him another 4 years to enact all his socialist policies?  If you have any questions about how socialism works just look 90 miles south.  It looks great on paper, but it's hell in practice.  You vote Obama I'll vote Romney you keep driving your Prius and I'll keep driving my F150

WakeUp
WakeUp

 @Olga38  look the numbers yourself dummy.   And great work coming up with the genius 'B.Hussein Obama'.   And sadly for you, I probably earn twice as much money as you'd hope to.

Olga38
Olga38

 @RepubRetards  

 And the comment was referring to you ...bmanmpd couldn't be more right. Sadly, you're most likely unemployed (and don't expect that to change under B.Hussein Obama) and depending on the government. Leeching off the little that's left in this economy. Capitalism has made the US thrive, don't let your liberal, extreme mindset ruin this country.

Bebep
Bebep

Faux News called, they want their talking points back.

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