RNC - In NH, Obama Will Repeat 2008 Rhetoric About Increasing Energy Taxes

SHOT: In New Hampshire, Obama Will Repeat His 2008 Rhetoric About Increasing Energy Taxes:


In New Hampshire, Barack Obama Will Call For Increasing Energy Taxes. “President Obama intends to press lawmakers Thursday to quickly strip billions of dollars in oil industry tax breaks, remarks that will come during his second energy-themed speech in two weeks aimed at blunting GOP attacks over gasoline prices. Obama will speak Thursday afternoon at Nashua Community College in the swing state of New Hampshire. ‘In Nashua, the President will ... reiterate his call to repeal the unwarranted $4 billion in annual subsides handed out to oil and gas companies, and will urge Congress to take a vote on the repeal in the coming weeks,’ a White House official said ahead of Obama’s remarks.” (Ben Geman, “Amid Rising Gas Prices, Obama To Call For Vote On Killing Oil Tax Breaks,” The Hill, 3/1/12)

CHASER: In 2006, Obama Said It Was The “Easiest Thing In The World” To Criticize Oil Companies For Political Purposes:

Obama: “People want serious answers to these problems. If you’re going to talk about energy for example. The easiest thing in the world is to look at Exxon Mobil’s profits last quarter and say these folks are making $36 billion in one quarter, the CEO is making $500 million, and gas prices are high and we’re getting gouged. That may be sufficient because it does describe the degree to which the powerful have made out like bandits over the last several years. That may be sufficient to get us through this election, but after the election, people then are going to say, ok smart guy, what are we going to do about energy?” (C-SPAN’s “BookTV,” 10/20/06)

CHASER: Democrats Admit Increasing Energy Taxes Won’t Lower Gas Prices:

Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) Said That The Democrats Attempt To Raise Energy Taxes “Will Not Reduce Gasoline Prices One Penny.” LANDRIEU: “But I would just like to add my strong voice to urging my colleagues to read this bill, to look at it, and understand the inherent unfairness in it, the lack of significant deficit reduction, and the fact that it will not, although it is being touted as, it will not reduce gasoline prices by one penny.” (Sen. Mary Landrieu, Remarks On The U.S. Senate Floor, Washington D.C., 5/11/11)

Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK) Called On Fellow Democrats To “Stop The Headline Grabbing And Get Serious About Energy Security.” SEN. BEGICH: “Sadly, some of my colleagues in this body are not much better. Instead of addressing the problem with specific solutions, they are going for headlines by dragging energy company executives before committees or proposing that roadblock incentives for increased domestic energy production, some of which have been on the books for decade. Let's stop the headline grabbing and get serious about the energy security.” (Sen. Mark Begich, Remarks On The U.S. Senate Floor, Washington D.C., 5/11/11)

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY): This Was Never Intended To Talk About Lowering Prices.” (CNN’s “The Situation Room,” 5/11/11)

Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV): “So This Is A Question Of Fairness And A Question Of Priorities. Certainly A Question Of Economics. But It Is Not A Question Of Gas Prices.” (Sen. Harry Reid, Remarks On The U.S. Senate Floor, Washington D.C., 5/16/11)

Sen. Max Bauchus (D-MT): “You Know, This Is Not Going To Change The Price At The Gasoline Pump. That’s Not The Issue.  I Don’t See That As An Issue At All. The Issue I See Is Who Shares.” (U.S. Senate, Remarks During Senate Finance Committee Hearing, 5/12/11)

Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI): “Nearly Every Independent Analyst And Even Some From The Oil Industry Itself Tells Us That This Proposal Will Not Alter The Economic Fundamentals That Determine Gasoline Prices.” (Sen. Carl Levin, Remarks On The U.S. Senate Floor, Washington D.C., 5/16/11)