SOTU FACT: Energy Production Is Up Despite the President’s Policies, Not Because of Them

CLAIM“More oil produced at home than we buy from the rest of the world – the first time that’s happened in nearly twenty years.  ... Today, America is closer to energy independence than we’ve been in decades.” (President Obama, State of the Union Address, January 28, 2014)

FACT: The Obama administration has driven down energy production on federal land to a ten year low, and banned exploration and development on America’s richest offshore areas.   

  • “Our resources remain under lock and key,” Speaker Boehner said in his speech to the National Association of Manufacturers last year. “Instead of restricting development, we need to green-light the Keystone pipeline and we need to expand production of our resources – onshore and offshore.  That’s how we become a nation of builders again.”
  • Thanks to improvements in new technologies, natural gas production on state and private lands is up 40 percent and oil is up 26 percent since 2007, according to the non-partisan Congressional Research Service.
  • Federal oil and natural gas production, on the other hand, has plummeted by more than 11 percent on the president’s watch.
  • President Obama’s five-year leasing plan bans energy development on 85 percent of America’s offshore areas and provides for the fewest number of new lease sales ever offered in a plan since the process began in 1980, according to the House Natural Resources Committee.


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