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April 24, 2012
'Nine Dollar Gas'?Topics: Political News and commentaries
Nine dollars for a gallon of gas? That's the theme of the top online political ad in this week's top 10, according to VisibleMeasures' True Reach data for the period ended Sunday.
Via WSJ's Washington Wire:
The "Nine Dollar Gas" ad, from the American Energy Alliance, the advocacy arm of the Institute for Energy Research, attacks President Barack Obama's energy record, blaming it for high prices at the pump. The ad surged to the top spot this week -- after not previously cracking the top 10 -- helped by some paid advertising to get it more exposure, according to Visible Measures.I'm as much against Barack Obama's energy policies (to the extent that he has one other than choosing losers) as the American Energy Alliance is, but I have to believe that $9 gas anytime soon is a bit far-fetched, although for the most part the ad is spot on.
The ad cuts between the failure of solar-power firm Solyndra, the president's opposition to Alaska drilling and the Keystone XL Pipeline, and 2008 remarks from now-Energy Secretary Steven Chu on raising gasoline prices (In a 2008 interview, he told The Wall Street Journal: "Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe.")
And since the ad mentions ANWR, let's get to the truth about drilling in ANWR. Contrary to what the left (and its buddy - Politifact) claims about drilling in Anwar, the area up for drilling in ANWR, placed in perspective, is the equivalent of a postage stamp placed on a football field (ANWR is about as big as South Carolina and drilling there would occupy land about as big as a couple of airports.). Furthermore, even the tiny portion of ANWR which would be used for drilling would not be polluted - there would be little or no effect on wildlife (caribou seem to like the Alaskan pipeline, congregating near the satellite pumping stations along the way for their warmth.) ['E-Man' makes it crystal clear -here]
As for what the left-leaning, Democrat-supporting, Obama-friendly Politifact has to say about the ad ... I've long given up placing any credence on anything they say ... they've proven themselves to be, for the most part, as left-biased and agenda-driven as the NYT.
Posted by Hyscience at April 24, 2012 10:45 AM
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