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Correcting the Record: "You can go to…the Energy Information Agency"

June 18, 2008

From today's White House press briefing:

Q I’ll press for documentation from Pelosi’s office as far as her claim on the 80 percent, but do you guys have information, statistics to verify —

MR. FRATTO: The Energy Information Agency over at the Department of Energy, and Department of Energy can give you every data point they have available. They’ll be more than happy to do it.

Mr. Fratto likely meant to refer to the Energy Information Administration, and we would be happy to facilitate the search for relevant data points.

Drilling in the Outer Continental Shelf:

President Bush: “First, we should expand American oil production by increasing access to the Outer Continental Shelf, or OCS.”

Energy Information Administration: “The projections in the OCS access case indicate that access to the Pacific, Atlantic, and eastern Gulf regions would not have a significant impact on domestic crude oil and natural gas production or prices before 2030. … Because oil prices are determined on the international market, however, any impact on average wellhead prices is expected to be insignificant.”

Drilling in the Alaska Natural Wildlife Refuge:

President Bush: “Meanwhile, scientists have developed innovative techniques to reach ANWR’s oil with virtually no impact on the land or local wildlife. I urge members of Congress to allow this remote region to bring enormous benefits to the American people.”

Energy Information Administration: “The opening of ANWR is projected to have its largest oil price reduction impacts as follows … $0.75 per barrel in 2025 for the mean oil resource case…”

The information the reporter was requesting, however, was from this document and can be sourced to the Minerals Management Service via the Natural Resources Committee (pdf).

The Energy Information Administration can also offer you this data point:
Oil Prices Skyrocket Under Bush