Joe BidenAs the issue of rising gas prices dominates Obama’s current standing among the public, the White House is scrambling to broadcast the President’s purported dedication to U.S. energy independence. And one strategy the administration is engaging in is to accuse congressional Republicans of stonewalling executive efforts to improve the country’s energy and environmental stature.

United Mine Workers Association (UMWA) President Cecil Roberts (left) recently blasted the actions of EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, who has proposed new stringent standards on coal-based generating units, declaring, “The Navy SEALs shot Osama bin Ladin in Pakistan and Lisa Jackson shot us in Washington.”

gas priceRemember $1.83 per gallon gasoline? Seems like a very distant memory? That was the national average price we paid for the precious liquid when President Obama took over the White House in January 2009.

After once touting Solyndra as a success story, President Obama sought to distance himself from the now-bankrupt and scandal-plagued manufacturer of solar panels, blaming Congress and China for the debacle instead of accepting responsibility. Critics of the administration promptly blasted the comments.

On top of recent articles at The New American here, here and here about huge oil deposits in the United States, now comes Ed Morse, writing in the Wall Street Journal that those rosy estimates of growth and prosperity were far too conservative: “North America is becoming the new Middle East.”

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