Thanks to Obama, Gas Jumps in a Flash
Obama had been president-elect for all of five days when he announced his intention to rescind Bush’s order [lifting a ban on offshore drilling]. Oil prices started going up again in January of 2009 and steadily increasing ever since. Obama Energy Secretary Ken Salazar announced a highly restrictive offshore leasing policy last December, and the Bush executive order was officially reversed on February 8, 2011.
All of this “blame high gas prices on Obama’s ban on drilling” is ignoring all the work his administration has done with the economy and the strength of the dollar.