"It's an unfortunate reality," said Catrina Rorke, director of energy policy at the American Action Forum. "OPEC controls the price of gas, growing demand in China controls the price. Tradition states the guy in office is going to be blamed. Unless he can win the rhetorical argument, it's not good news for his job security."
Ms. Rorke says the president's claims about rising production are somewhat disingenuous, because production today was affected by federal policy enacted five to 10 years ago, and because drilling on private land — controlled by states — has increased dramatically.