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c “Gulf of Mexico energy production is down 16 percent since 2009 and is projected to decrease even further in 2012.”

c “Obama denied the [oil-producing] Keystone XL pipeline permit, which would have created thousands of jobs and provided all Americans with a steady supply of oil from a friendly ally.”

c Mr. Obama “also has banned new offshore areas from oil and gas exploration, and recently his administration took 1 million acres of onshore land rich with oil shale off the table.”

The president was right about one remark in his speech. The American people are not stupid.

They see that his green-energy policies are hostile to oil and gas drilling. They remember what happened to the $535 million government loan to the Solyndra solar-panel company, which Mr. Obama backed to the hilt despite warnings from advisers that this was a very shaky enterprise. It fell into bankruptcy, and taxpayers footed the half-billion-dollar loan-guarantee bill.

That scandal has come and gone, but at least half a dozen others being bankrolled by the administration have run into financial trouble or have failed to live up to Mr. Obama’s exaggerated promises.

This week, the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s gasoline price survey put the average price paid by drivers for a gallon of regular at $3.72. It’s up to more than $4 in nearly a dozen states.

Gas prices have risen 13 cents in the past week alone, and the average price per gallon is nearly 20 cents higher than two weeks ago, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

The price of a gallon of regular on Jan. 2, 2009, just as Mr. Obama was preparing to take office, was $1.62, according to the motorist group AAA. That price was down nearly 47 percent from the year before — the result of aggressive oil-drilling policies under the George W. Bush administration.

Meanwhile, TransCanada, the Canadian firm that sought to build the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast, announced Monday that it will go ahead with plans to build part of the pipeline from Cushing, Okla. (a major terminal where there’s a glut of oil) to Port Arthur, Texas. The administration says it is studying the plan. If built, it would transport 700,000 barrels of oil a day.

A national Quinnipiac University poll reported last week that nearly two-thirds of voters (64 percent) supported the pipeline that Mr. Obama blocked. Just 23 percent opposed it.

What is it about this pipeline that Mr. Obama doesn’t get?

Donald Lambro is a syndicated columnist and former chief political correspondent for The Washington Times.