His actions say otherwise.
Via Beltway Confidential:
President Obama described domestic oil production as “a key part of [his] energy strategy” despite the multiple measures his administration has taken to limit oil and gas production in the United States.
“Now, you wouldn’t know it by listening to some of the folks running for office today, but producing more oil at home has been, and will continue to be, a key part of my energy strategy,” Obama said today in his weekly address. “Under my Administration, we’re producing more oil than at any other time in the last eight years.”
The president uses the word “we” very loosely. Some private citizens are driving an oil boom, no doubt, but oil production on federal lands plummeted over the last year, according to a new report from Obama’s Department of Energy (DOE). The Congressional Research Service also reported this week that “96 percent of the increase in oil production since 2007 has occurred on non-federal land.