DNC Rapid Response - Fact Check: Mitt Romney at AFP Part 1

Please see the below fact check of Mitt Romney’s remarks at the Americans for Prosperity forum in Manchester, NH:

ROMNEY RHETORIC: “We have people who don't know how they can make ends meet because of the cost of gasoline.”

REALITY: ROMNEY RAISED THE GAS TAX 500% IN MASSACHUSETTS

Romney Attacked President Obama On Energy Prices But As Governor Romney Raised The Fee On Gas Wholesalers By Two-Cents Per Gallon Which “Effectively Raised Gas Taxes On Every Single Motorist In Massachusetts.”  [Politico, 4/28/11]

Romney’s 500% Gas Tax Increase “Was Clearly Excessive.”  [Boston Globe, 6/29/07]

In 2003, Romney Effectively Hiked The Gas Tax On Motorists By Two Cents Per Gallon. [Cosmo Macero, "Pump It Up! Goosing The Gas Tax With Mitt," Boston Herald, 4/11/03]

In 2003, Romney "Surprised Several People ... By Saying He Is Open To A Federal Increase In Gas Taxes." [The Boston Globe, 4/11/03]

ROMNEY RHETORIC: . “When prices are set, they look not only at the supply and demand today but their expectation of future supply and demand. And if we start drilling, and use our natural gas, which is suddenly become massive abundance, and use our oil, and our coal, as well as our renewable resources, we can change the equation in supply and demand long term and finally begin to bring that balance into a point where prices can be affected.”

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 Offshores Acres The Oil Industry Has Leases To, It Is Estimated That Upward Of 70 Million Are Not Producing Oil. [CNN, 6/29/08]