'Your papers, please' must never be heard in America
Independent voices from the TWT Communities
Voters are giving President Obama an emphatic thumbs-down for his handling of gas prices — 68 percent disapprove of his response to the problem in the latest Reuters/Ipsos poll.
President Obama's poll numbers are up and the country's unemployment figures are down — but $4 gas poses a potent threat to the incumbent's re-election bid, polls show.
Another option available to Mr. Obama is dipping into the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve, which holds more than 700 million barrels of oil, about one month's worth of consumption in the U.S. Ms. Rorke said it would send a signal that Mr. Obama is "willing to take action," but the effect on gas prices likely would be negligible.
"On public land, certainly nothing that Obama has done has increased production," she said. "He hasn't been in office long enough for his policies to actually create more oil. On private land is where we've seen the greatest development, and that's because of hydraulic fracturing. States are regulating that."