Obama hits back at GOP detractors of energy policies

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In Wednesday night’s GOP presidential debate in Arizona, Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich claimed that increased drilling could lower gas prices to $2.50 a gallon.

The House Natural Resources Committee, chaired by Rep. Doc Hastings, Washington state Republican, released bullet points rebutting Mr. Obama’s claims that his administration is responsible for increased energy production and underscoring the president’s decision to block energy production on federal lands.

There was a significant increase in private drilling on state and private land in North Dakota last year, areas not subject to federal restrictions his administration has imposed, according to the committee.

“President Obama is trying to take credit for previous President Clinton’s and President Bush’s pro-energy policies,” the memo stated. “The president is also failing to mention that the vast majority of increased production is occurring on private lands, not public.”

Thursday’s Florida trip is Mr. Obama’s 14th journey to the Sunshine State since taking office. Along with the energy speech, the president planned to attend two afternoon fundraisers in the Miami area — one at the Biltmore Hotel and one at a private residence.

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