Sarah Palin blamed Barack Obama for rising gas prices Tuesday and suggested that the president wants to see prices increase. In a post to her Facebook page, the former Alaska governor made a three-pronged argument tying oil prices to Obama’s policies.
“The evidence of the President’s anti-drilling mentality and his culpability in the high gas prices hurting Americans is there for all to see,” Palin said.
She contended that Obama’s drilling moratorium – instated after the massive spill in the gulf – his proposed elimination of oil tax incentives in the 2012 budget and regulatory practices have caused increased prices at the pump.
Oil prices have actually stabilized in recent days after the price of light crude nearly hit $110-a-barrel amidst fears that violence in Libya would disrupt global supply. The price settled at $97-a-barrel at the end of trading Tuesday.
But Palin goes further than just asserting that Obama is responsible for high oil prices, seeming to argue that the president wants to see higher energy costs in order to benefit his agenda.
“This was no accident. Through a process of what candidate Obama once called ‘gradual adjustment,’ American consumers have seen prices at the pump rise 67 percent since he took office,” Palin wrote.
“Let’s not forget that in September 2008, candidate Obama’s Energy Secretary in-waiting said: ‘Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe,'” she continued. “That’s one campaign promise they’re working hard to fulfill!”