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Rick Santorum on Energy Production

June 13, 2011 at

SANTORUM RHETORIC: "The reason we're seeing this second dip is because of energy prices, and this president has put a stop sign against oil drilling, against any kind of exploration offshore or in Alaska, and that is depressing. We need to drill and create energy jobs just like we're doing, by the way, in Pennsylvania, where we're drilling 3,000 wells this year for gas, and natural gas prices are down as a result."

REALITY: DOMESTIC OIL PRODUCTION HAS GONE UP DURING THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION

  • FactCheck.org: Oil Production Has Gone Up In 2009 And 2010; [FactCheck.org, 3/24/11]
  • Politifact: “Obama Is Right That American Oil Production Is At Its Highest Level Since 2003;” [Politifact, 3/15/11]
  • Washington Post: “Yes, It Is Correct That Domestic Production Has Increased In Recent Years;” [Washington Post, 3/15/11]
  • U.S. Energy Information Administration: Domestic Crude Oil Production Increased In 2010; [U.S. Energy Information Administration, 3/8/11]
  • U.S. Energy Information Administration: Productions Declines In Alaska And The Gulf Of Mexico Are Projected To Be Offset By Projected Increases In Lower-48 Production In 2011 And 2012. [U.S. Energy Information Administration, 3/8/11]

REALITY: THERE ARE UNUSED OIL LEASES OPEN ON MILLIONS OF ACRES OF LAND

  • CBS News: “Oil Companies Are Only Exploring One-Third Of U.S. Land They Have Rights To;” [CBS News, 4/13/09]
  • Oil Industry Sources: Of The 90 Million Offshore Acres The Oil Industry Has Leases To, It Is Estimated That Upward Of 70 Million Are Not Producing Oil. [CNN, 6/29/08]

REALITY: THE MORATORIUM ON DEEPWATER DRILLING HAS HAD “ZERO” EFFECT ON PRICES AND THERE ARE UNUSED OIL LEASES OPEN ON MILLIONS OF ACRES OF LAND

  • Former Mobil Oil Executive: The Obama Administration Moratorium On Deepwater Drilling Had “Zero” Effect On Prices; [FactCheck.org, 3/24/11]
  • CBS News: “Oil Companies Are Only Exploring One-Third Of U.S. Land They Have Rights To;” [CBS News, 4/13/09]
  • Oil Industry Sources: Of The 90 Million Offshore Acres The Oil Industry Has Leases To, It Is Estimated That Upward Of 70 Million Are Not Producing Oil. [CNN, 6/29/08]
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