2012: The Energy Election
Chris Stirewalt and Amy Harder discuss Obama energy policy
- Duration 7:01
- Date Apr 12, 2012
Chris Stirewalt and Amy Harder discuss Obama energy policy
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Federal energy production dropped by 7% on -- -- He still hasn't heard senate Democrats -- take action on house passed and engine builders -- And our president wants tax hikes that would make gasoline in the -- yeah.
Hair -- thanks so it's a lot of and blocking energy production and raising taxes doesn't mention this week and all of the above strategy to help lower prices in the region -- That is a new web ad thing -- from house speaker John Boehner continuing to whack away at President Obama.
For his energy policy decisions that Boehner and Republicans say are.
The price of gasoline and driving up the price of electricity across the country as Republicans try to make the most of what they think could be the key issue in unseating President Obama.
Overtaking the senate holding house this is power play now I can tell you two things without fear -- correction Internet one.
Whoever told politicians where to go online and download -- music and slow playing piano.
Has done us all a disservice because we hear from all of them now.
We have with us and a great expert on this subject this is any horror she covers energy and the environment for National Journal and National -- -- of -- one of those publications here in Washington.
That everybody has to read to know exactly what's going on who you are the definition.
-- influential journalist in -- welcome.
What great things happen OK -- -- so.
The Republicans seem like a few weeks ago the Republicans could not talk enough about energy gasoline prices were climbing -- fast.
The president was out on the trail talking about.
The need for solar energy that it -- or more pipelines but only half.
After additional consideration the need for biofuels.
And touting the areas in which she is allowed more drilling.
I notice that gas prices have seemed to level off and some of the fire has gone out of this subject.
Give us your and in a way that even I could understand give us your analysis of how this is gonna play you -- I think no matter what gas prices are between now and November you can bet that Republicans will make energy a focal point of the campaigns because it's something that voters care about the most and they got it to die -- -- gas station every day if not more.
And then the price of gasoline and Chris makes a big difference but I think it's safe to say that between now and November prices won't be dropping substantially.
Although they could go I think that today government for protecting yesterday -- that prices will peak at four dollars and one cents.
-- the national average but youth it's -- -- -- you got us West Virginia and others Islamic countries that prices are well over four dollars a gallon already and so.
I think advance this -- C gas prices will be she's talking language -- remember no matter what differences are.
The president has.
Trying to pursue an environmental agenda that he couldn't get through congress.
By regulatory means that the EPA.
There's been a lot of talk -- you mentioned West Virginia there's been a lot of talk about the crack down on emissions from power plants in a series sort of stage regulatory moves.
By the EPA.
There's been a lot of talk about the Keystone Pipeline being blocked because not just because the concern about salamanders or whatever that are out in Nebraska but because people don't wanna see global warming.
Incurred by the burning of this oil.
And all of those things.
In terms of the assessment.
Far left for -- far right the president is on these issues and how far -- how far right the EPA is on these issues.
Can we make it fair minded determination about where they've really been on this let's take aside the political rhetoric.
I think it's hard to two separate -- I think you'll really see where President Obama is going to come down a lot of these issues.
After Election Day and I think that's -- -- on an open secret under Republican leaders in congress just yesterday sent a letter to Obama urging him not to.
I have to come -- any new regulations until -- until September the end of this fiscal year in other words until after the election.
-- they do like that don't think they they they like -- they like to roll that way.
They say part of -- pitch if you would have seen the whole video.
Was calling on the president to urge Democrats to pass.
Energy legislation through the senate when we go down to the senate and house level.
And we look at races like especially in Missouri.
Where certainly gas prices will be a big deal you can guarantee that Claire McCaskill -- -- -- an awful lot about that in Ohio it's sort of a double whammy for Sherrod Brown.
Because not only do you have the gas price issue but you also have that Ohio is the nation's single largest producer of electrical power the American electric power corporation headquartered in Columbus, Ohio.
Produce more electricity than anybody else.
This is these are big issues in the state.
How effectively do you think this can be used not just against -- Obama but can Republicans use this against senate Democrats.
I think they have it they have easy against an -- these Ronald senate Democrats in the last couple of weeks you've seen some pretty.
Clinical messaging that's taking place on the senate floor about oil and gas subsidies about.
-- -- -- -- Clean energy subsidies and you'll notice that shared this senator Sherrod Brown is going more to the left and that's -- he's pretty used campaign whereas senator Sam Cassell has his thinking -- to the race.
I think that's a lot.
-- to do with it.
Just when they -- will help them win in November and I still think that series I don't know but I think.
Definitely they're feeling -- senator McCaskill has been talking the importance of coal fired electricity back in her home state.
Stay quiet on -- she comes here she's trying.
She's trying to have it both ways either a lot of politicians I -- Did you hear that Internet and politicians are trying to have it both ways we're gonna look into that Andy we thank you for making time for us today and some -- okay Internet.
We have to go but again points of consolation.
On the hunt -- Jonathan Hunt is waiting for you on the other side of this.
And now as we'd like to do every day who want to leave you with the word from our friend -- Us PG Obama and that's one sound like it was two offers in under thirty seconds to reduce the deficit it is a -- It's about four billion a year if you -- -- collected.
For the next 250.
Years longer than the life -- the republic it wouldn't cover in the deficit Obama ran out last year alone.
Second he said it will spur -- growth and we'll have the exact opposite effect.
It's a disguise to doubling of the capital gains tax and what is into -- for a country that already has the highest corporate tax rate in the world.
We are not gonna have the fourth highest.
Capital gains tax rate in the -- and when you think somebody was.
Capital to invest is gonna do choosing United States -- choose any other country in the world.