RUSH: I've never seen anything like it, folks. I've never seen this kind of a mid-course correction. I don't even think I saw one like this from Bill Clinton. Suddenly the biggest believer in the Keystone pipeline (or half of it), the biggest believer in drilling for oil, the biggest believer in expanding domestic oil supplies happens to be Barack Obama! Who just two days ago (and every day prior to that) hated the very idea and was trying to dissuade anybody from believing that drilling for oil or pipelining oil would make any difference whatsoever in the gasoline price.
My gosh, what difference a poll makes!
I'm gonna wade through this mess and try to make the complex understandable. Well, I'm not gonna "try;" I'm gonna do it. That's what we do here at the EIB Network. I'll tell you, Obama's campaign staff at the Associated Press never sleep. I don't think they even take naps. The latest from the Associated Press. (I'm gonna give you sort of a headline rundown here, and then we'll get into the specifics.) Headline from the Associated Press: "Obama Defends Handling of Keystone as He Puts Another Oil Pipeline on Fast Track." He's the obstacle! The American people know he's the obstacle! The media know that the people know that Obama's the obstacle.
Yet here's the AP! Folks, if I were you, I wouldn't believe a single word that I read in any AP story. I simply would regard it... I already do this. If I were you, I would regard every AP story, particularly this year, as nothing more than a propaganda piece for the reelection of Barack Obama. This is laughable: "Obama Defends Handling of Keystone as He Puts Another Oil Pipeline on Fast Track." Another! Another? When was the first one? He opposes Keystone! And what he did today -- we told you yesterday this is coming -- is already happening.
It was already in place.
He's not even authorizing anything that wasn't happening.
It was already happening, this particular portion of the pipeline. This is breathtaking! "Obama Defends Handling of Keystone as He Puts Another Oil Pipeline on Fast Track." There's a story also in the Stack here today that the American people... No. I take it back. The CNN story is "Rising Gas Prices Aren't as Bad as You Think." Do you ever remember seeing a story like that when gas prices were going up with any previous president, including Jimmy Carter? Did you ever see we had gasoline prices going up, and here's CNN: Well, you know, it's not as bad as you think. Could be worse! You could live in a different part of the world.
Ed Henry at Fox News has noted that Obama has suddenly dropped the phrase "There is no silver bullet" on lowering the cost of gasoline from his campaign speeches. And he was using that as recently as this week, "There's no silver bullet." Now all of a sudden: "Obama Defends Handling of Keystone as He Puts Another Oil Pipeline on Fast Track." What an amazing guy! Here's another one from AP: "Breaking News! US President Obama Directs Federal Agencies to Fast Track Oil Pipeline from Oklahoma to Texas." Now, maybe I'm mistaken (that's doubtful), but has there been a huge problem getting oil from Oklahoma all the way to Texas?
What a mean feat our courageous president's pulled off here! Do you realize that before he acted there wasn't any way to get oil from Oklahoma to Texas, even though the states border each other? For those of you in Rio Linda, the northern border of Texas brushes up against Oklahoma and vice-a-versa. But up until Barack Obama saw the light, we had no way of getting oil from Oklahoma to Texas. "US President Obama Directs Federal Agencies to Fast Track Oil Pipeline from Oklahoma to Texas." It's the same story as the previous headline, "Obama Defends Handling..." It's the same event, two different stories: "Obama Defends Handling of Keystone as He Puts Another..." (laughing)
I think I'm gonna go insane. I look at this, and I imagine you reading this stuff on your own, and I hope and I pray that you have the same reaction to this that I do, that it's just patently absurd. It's not even news. This isn't even journalism. This is not even a pretense of news or journalism. This is just pure campaign support propaganda from a new organization called the Associated Press. Speaking of Obama's energy tour... He's on an energy tour out there. Anybody remember that Obama doubled the Department of Energy budget in 2009? He gave 'em untold sums of money via the stimulus bill. What did they do with all that money? Can anybody else tell us what they did?
Apart from giving loans to Obama's donors that soon went bankrupt, like Solyndra and other solar people, what happened? Oh! Steve Chu told us we should paint our roofs white. Remember that? To deflect the heat, we should paint our roofs white. That advice was probably worth a couple billions right there. So I guess now what we've got here is Obama lobbied for the Keystone pipeline before he lobbied against it. Now, there's a poll out. You might be wondering, what is this all about? Oh, I hold here right in my formerly nicotine-stained fingers the polling data from Gallup. And this is why Obama's on his energy tour this week. This is why he's in Oklahoma (laughing) "putting another key oil pipeline on fast track."
I'm going nuts. I'm officially going crazy here with this: "Americans who say they are very closely following news about the Keystone XL pipeline overwhelmingly think the government should approve the building of it, 78% to 22%." Seventy-eight to 22% the American people paying attention to this want the Keystone pipeline. And overall, 44% of Democrats want the Keystone pipeline. "A solid majority of Americans think the U.S. government should approve of building the Keystone XL pipeline, while 29% think it should not. Republicans are almost twice as likely as Democrats to want the government to approve the oil pipeline."
And that is why Obama is in Oklahoma. That is why, ladies and gentlemen, there is this so-called fast track to have Obama complete this pipeline. "Americans who say they are very closely following news about the Keystone XL pipeline overwhelmingly think the government should approve the building of it, 78% to 22%." I don't know what percentage of Americans are "closely following" it. It's a ten-page poll here, and I just got it, so I just pulled out the highlights in order to explain all of this.
From the Nevada Journal in Boulder City, Nevada: "President Obama will tout investments in 'renewable' energy Wednesday at the local Copper Mountain Solar 1 plant, although the plant has only five full-time employees," and it's gonna be bankrupt by the time he finishes.
"The plant, owned by San Diego-based energy company Sempra, was built in late 2010 at a cost of $141 million. Funding included $42 million in federal-government tax credits and $12 million in tax-rebate commitments from the state of Nevada. Construction of the plant involved over 300 part-time jobs, but currently only five full-time employees operate the plant, a Sempra spokeswoman confirmed. That comes out to $10.8 million in tax-dollar subsidies per employee." That's what it cost at a solar plant. Obama was there yesterday as part of the energy tour. Back in 2011 -- in fact, just a little over a year ago -- Bill Clinton, from The Politico:
"Former President Bill Clinton said Friday that delays in offshore oil and gas drilling permits are 'ridiculous' at a time when the economy is still rebuilding, according to attendees at" some conference. "Clinton spoke on a panel with former President George W. Bush that was closed to the media. Video of their moderated talk was ... also prohibited." Apparently Bill Clinton doesn't read the newspapers, 'cause if he did he would know that drilling in the US does not lower the gas price. One year ago Bill Clinton was out there saying we've gotta get these permits up and we've gotta start drilling for oil because it will affect the gas price.
Ever since then, Obama has been saying, "There's no magic bullet! There's no silver bullet! You can't go out and drill for oil. That's not gonna do a thing to the gas price," and the media repeated it. There's a story on that. There's a huge story from some news agency today that drilling for oil over the last 30 years has not mattered a whit to the price of gasoline. I mean, they've pulled out all the stops. Bye-bye, fact! Bye-bye, curiosity! Bye-bye, serving your customers (i.e., the consumers of news). This is full-fledged, whatever Barack Obama says is now going to be backed up with publications disguised as news stories. Nothing more than that.
"Obama Defends Handling of Keystone as He Puts Another Oil Pipeline on Fast Track." Folks, I told you yesterday, this part of the pipeline from Oklahoma to Texas was already in the works. It's already done. It's already approved. Obama is doing nothing but showing up and glomming onto it, but this is not completing the Keystone pipeline. The Keystone pipeline goes to Canada. Obama is still opposed and has put the brakes on and is not permitting oil from Canada to get to Oklahoma so that it can get to Texas. There is no approval of the Keystone pipeline.
Perhaps I shoulda said this at the top.
There is no approval.
And that's what makes this AP headline so incompetent. It's journalistic malpractice. "Another Oil Pipeline on Fast Track." The Keystone pipeline has not been approved. He still opposes it. This is a pure political move to satisfy 78% of the American people who want it done. So Obama's doing nothing, and he's got a very supportive news media out there trying to convince you and everybody else that he just today authorized the Keystone pipeline. That's what's going on. It's as dishonest as possible. It's as dishonest and misleading as possible.
There's another little piece of information you need to know: Obama couldn't stop this leg that he's out taking credit for. It was in the works. It was happening. He's simply there glomming on to what was already happening. And furthermore, he couldn't stop it if he wanted to. And he did want to! This is totally out of his control. It's is such... I don't know how to describe this. This so brazen. This is a slap in the face of the truth and of decency. It's just brazen. If you want to hear, I have some sound bites of Obama in Cushing, Oklahoma.
We may listen to a couple of those, 'cause that'll just add a little fuel to this fire.
RUSH: Obama could not stop this pipeline if he wanted to. This leg of the pipeline from Oklahoma to Texas was in the works. He doesn't have the authority to stop it. Not that that would stop him, by the way, but he doesn't have the authority to stop it. According to the US House Energy and Commerce Committee, there is only one category of pipeline that requires presidential approval. That's an international pipeline like the originally proposed version of Keystone XL, which would be from Canada (which, for those of you in Rio Linda, would make it international) down through Nebraska and other Northern Plains states into Oklahoma and then into Texas.
So Obama could not have stopped this leg of the Keystone pipeline if he'd wanted to.
It was already in place.
He's simply there... There's no other way to say it. He's just glomming onto it. It's like trying to be present when the Ten Commandments are given at the burning bush and claiming you wrote 'em. I'm almost speechless here with the absolute brazenness of this. I wouldn't be surprised if Obama says, "I've laid more pipe than any president except Bill Clinton." That's where we're heading with this. The guy who steadfastly opposes drilling for oil and has not issued any permits to speak of, particularly since Gulf oil drilling moratorium -- the guy who has made his name opposing the Keystone pipeline -- is now out taking credit for it.
And he's trying to make people believe in this country that the entire Keystone pipeline, today, has just been authorized, and oil is going to be flowing through it. Never has it been more obvious that without the media, Barack Obama would not have a chance. Without the media, Barack Obama would be a national joke. But he has the media. He has the largest propaganda arm that a president has ever had. He has people willing to lie. He has people willing to publish his lies. He has people willing to work with him against the best interests of the people of this country. I've been alive 61 years, and I have never seen anything like this. I'm telling you.
There's always been media bias, and the media were sickeningly slavish to things like Camelot, to JFK and Clinton. But this is unprecedented. I know they carried the water for Clinton for a while with Monica Lewinsky and that whole event, but even they drew some lines there. This has no boundaries. Whatever it takes. The only thing that a president can stop, again, is an international pipeline. In fact, the Keystone XL Pipeline is the first international pipeline that has ever been denied by a president. Keystone is the first international pipeline ever denied!
And he was denying it as recently as Monday. And he was criticizing it as recently as Tuesday. And he was telling people that there was no silver bullet or magic bullet to any new oil in this country however we got it, via drilling or via pipeline. And in a space of less than 48 hours, we have had the equivalent of an atheist become the pope on oil and on energy. The Keystone XL Pipeline is the first time in history a presidential permit for a cross-border pipeline has ever been denied.
And that's why I think it isn't gonna be long before Obama starts bragging about how much pipe he's laid. He'll start comparing himself to other presidents. "I've laid more pipe than any president except Bill Clinton." He's gotta throw Clinton in there for credibility. Obama does not control this segment of the pipeline's permitting process. It also says something about the guy's character. He's gonna go out there and take credit for this when people like him would not allow it if they had the chance? Hardworking, private sector Americans have done this to try to overcome the obstacle that he represents and now he's out taking credit for their work?
Every bit of this is irritating.
RUSH: "In his speech this morning, Obama said, 'Producing more oil and gas here at home will continue to be a critical part of our energy strategy.'" Will continue to be! This is the guy standing in the way of oil and gas production. This is the guy throwing money away on wind and solar and electric cars. I saw a story earlier this week: "Will the Volt be Obama's Edsel?" And then I thought: How many people reading that story know what the Edsel is? It "will continue to be a critical part of our energy strategy"? Obama is "producing more oil and gas here at home"?
This is what the Democrats do, folks. This is what the left does. There is no moral core. There's no concern for truth and there's no concern for being caught lying, because Obama knows that his number one support group's not gonna call him on it. The only people who are gonna call him on it are people like me, and they're not worried about that. They've got the AP on their side. They've got the Washington Post, the New York Times. They don't care. But what it indicates is the good news about this: They know how deep the trouble Obama is in. They know how deep it is. They know the problems he's got.
We have this: 78% of the people following this want the Keystone pipeline, and Obama's in the 22% opposing it. And his 22% counts for a hundred percent because he can stop it, and he has stopped it. So now he's out trying to make this little connection between Oklahoma and Texas appear to be the whole thing having been authorized. They're in deep trouble. They have the support, when you boil it all down, of no more than 30% of people in this country. When you boil it all down, Obama and the Democrats have no more than 30%. Why do they get more votes than that? Well, once again: How many people do you think are going to hear this stuff today and think it's true?
He lies. The lie is carried forward. It's amplified, and it's codified. It has the stamp of journalistic approval on it. It's "true." So we're left to hope that people figure this out on their own, and therein resides the fear that people have for the future of the country. It's wrapped up right in that whole concept: Will a majority of the American people see through this and understand what we're dealing with, not just on the oil-gas pipeline issue, but Obama and policy after policy after policy? Health care, you name it. Will the American people finally wake up? Are they waking up? Will they see through it? The 2010 election results say, "Yes, they do."
Let's go to the sound bites. Let's listen to some of this. It's unbelievable, folks. Incumbent in you listening to this is you must understand that for Obama to go out to Cushing, Oklahoma, and say what he said today -- for the AP to write the headlines I shared with you -- they must believe that you're stupid. They are counting on your ignorance. They're counting on it. They believe you're stupid anyway. Obama, leftists, Democrats have contempt for self-reliant average Americans anyway. They go into this thinking you're stupid. But you have to understand that for him to say the things you're gonna hear him say, the foundation for this is that he believes you're so stupid and so gullible and so ignorant that you will believe what he says about this.
OBAMA: Today I'm directing my administration to cut through the red tape, break through the bureaucrat hurdles, and make this project a priority, to go ahead and get it done. Now, you wouldn't know all this from listenin' to the television set.
RUSH: Stop the tape. I'm sorry, but I can't let this thing go without stopping it. Cue it back up to the top. "I'm directing my administration to cut through the red tape..." There isn't any. To the extent that there's red tape in the Keystone pipeline, it's his. "I'm directing my administration to cut through the red tape, break through the bureaucrat hurdles..." Who puts them up? Who are the bureaucrats? They're not private sector people. Bureaucrats, by definition, work for the government. They're his! "I'm directing my administration to cut through the red tape, break through the bureaucrat hurdles, and make this project a priority..." It already was. It's almost already done.
Okay, here we go, from the top again.
OBAMA: Today I'm directing my administration to cut through the red tape, break through the bureaucrat hurdles and make this project a priority, to go ahead and get it done. Now, you wouldn't know all it is from listenin' to the television set. This whole issue of the Keystone pipeline has generated, obviously, a lot of controversy and a lot of politics. Our experts said that we needed a certain amount of time to review the project. Unfortunately, Congress decided they wanted their own timeline. Not the company, not the experts. But members of Congress who decided this might be a fun political issue, decided to try to intervene and make it impossible for us to make an informed decision.
RUSH: Now, that's the northern half of the pipeline, again. Remember, what he's out there taking credit for today was already in the pipeline. It was already in the works. He can't stop this, and he didn't have anything to do with approving it. There is no Keystone pipeline, folks. The leg from Canada to the United States is still in limbo. He has not authorized it, and he won't until after he's reelected. Now it's "blame this on Congress." They wanted it done within a certain amount of time! It's just all... Every word of this... Whew! I have to find a different way of dealing with this. I have to find a different way of trying to persuade people. I have been doing this for 23 years and these people, they keep getting away with it. Here's the next bite. Got three more to go. Here's the next one.
OBAMA: Today we're making this new pipeline from Cushing to the Gulf a priority. So the southern leg of it we're makin' a priority and we're going to go ahead and get that done. The northern portion of it, we're gonna have to review properly to make sure that the health and safety of the American people are protected. That's common sense.
RUSH: Yeah, these pipelines rupture every day, you know. I mean, you heard about the pipeline ruptured yesterday, right? It killed a bunch of snail darters. It seeped onto Highway 70 in Missouri! You shoulda seen the traffic accident. All the cars that slipped off the highway. These pipelines, they rupture every day. You know that, don't you? We gotta be protecting the people and their safety and health. 'Cause what's in that pipe? Oil! That dirty, rotten filthy stuff. Oil. We can't have that. (muttering)
This is such a crock. Here's the next bite.
OBAMA: If you guys are talkin' to your friends, your neighbors, your coworkers, your aunts or uncles and they're wonderin' what's going on in terms of oil production, you just tell 'em: Anybody who suggests that somehow we're suppressin' domestic oil production isn't paying attention. I want everybody to understand this: We use 20% of the world's oil; we only produce 2% of the world's oil. Even if we opened up every inch of the country, if I put a -- an oil rig on the South Lawn; if we had one right next to the Washington Monument; even if we drilled every little bit of this great country of ours -- we'd still have to buy the rest of our needs from someplace else if we keep on usin' the same amount of energy, the same amount of oil.
RUSH: None of that is true, folks. We've had documented stories with the facts, this week and last and in previous days, on domestic oil production, and here they are again. Domestic oil production on privately owned land where Big Oil has its rigs and smaller oil companies have their rigs, that oil production is way up. Oil production on federally owned lands is near an all-time low because that's what he has ordered. In addition there are no permits being granted for private sector firms to go drill for, find, explore, whatever, oil on federally owned lands. The third thing is, with shale oil and its discoveries in the Northern Plains of this country, we now have more oil.
This 2% has been blown out of the water, too. We now have, accessible to us, more oil than Saudi Arabia. We now have, accessible to us, more than the Saudis! I had the news from the Investor's Business Daily; they got it from the Oil Institute. We have enough oil in the lower 48 -- well, let's count Alaska in this -- to provide enough oil at current annual consumption rates to power this country for over 200 years. That's how much oil we have. We wouldn't have to buy any. We wouldn't have to import any. He's very sensitive to this charge about oil production being down, and he ought to be because it is down on land that he has control of.
(impression) "You guys talking to your friends and neighbors, coworkers, and you tell 'em anybody suggests somehow we're suppressing domestic oil, they don't pay attention!" See, Mr. President, your problem is we are paying attention, and we know how you're making all this up. We know where the oil is being produced in this country and where it's being stifled by you. Come on, folks. You know that just two days ago, and every day prior to that, this man has opposed oil with every fiber of his existence. He's opposed getting more of it; he's opposed finding more of it. He is opposed to using it.
Now with a Gallup poll showing 78% of the American people paying close attention to this want the Keystone pipeline, guess who's making it happen? Well, he isn't. That's right. Our brave, courageous president -- up against such mean people as Rush Limbaugh -- is overcoming profound obstacles put in his way by mean people like Rush Limbaugh. Yep! That's what he's fighting. He's doing it for you. I tell you, his logic here is just laughable. More oil won't help? Or it will? Which is it? This is shifting now by the hour! On the one hand, he says, "We can get all the oil that we have, and we would still have to buy some."
On the other hand, he's out there trying to take credit for the Keystone pipeline 'cause we need more oil. If all the oil we have would not change the equation, why? What's the whole point of this? More oil won't help, but he's gotta go out to Oklahoma to take credit for getting more oil. How is this possible? Now, according to the Heritage Foundation, "Oil and gas production on federal lands under Obama is down by more than 40% compared to ten years ago. And the year 2010 had the lowest number of onshore leases issued since 1984. And the Obama administration has held only one offshore lease sale in 2011." None this year.
One more bite. Nah, let's go to the break. That would be the responsible thing to do. We have sponsors who want their messages heard.
RUSH: Rising gasoline prices: They are not as bad as you think. That's coming up. One more bite. This is Obama. Gas prices have nothing to do with oil. That's the last bite, the last sound bite we have. The gas price had nothing to do with oil. He's out there okaying what he wants you to think is the whole Keystone pipeline. We could get all the oil we have in this country, and it wouldn't matter because we'd still have to buy some from somewhere else. But yet we're still gotta go do this. We've got to go get this oil pipeline going. Except we aren't. We're not gonna really complete it, but this Oklahoma-to-Texas thing, which is already happening, I'm out there and I'm gonna take credit for it.
Even though I couldn't stop it. Oh, I'd love to. It'd happen without me, but I'm happy to go glom onto this. I'm gonna insert myself. I'm gonna make sure that I get the credit for this when I nothing to do with it. This is Obama. I'm still gonna invest in all this wind and solar stuff. I'm still gonna give tax credits and taxpayer subsidies to stuff that you don't want to buy so you'll buy it. The Keystone pipeline could generate up to 20,000 jobs. I'm not interested in that right now 'cause I gotta keep my base happy, and they don't want that 'cause they hate oil. So I have to hate oil to get the votes of my base, so I'm moving heaven and earth today to make you think that I alone am seeing to it that oil gets from Oklahoma to Texas 'cause we desperately need it.
But oil and gas prices have nothing to do with oil.
OBAMA: The price of oil will still be set by the global market, and that means every time there's tensions that rise in the Middle East, which is what's happening right now, so will the price of gas. The main reason the gas prices are high right now is because people are worried about what's happening with Iran. It doesn't have to do with domestic oil production. It has to do with the oil markets lookin' and sayin', "You know what? If something happens, there could be trouble and so we're gonna price oil higher just in case."
RUSH: So why, then, are you doing anything? The way I heard that, we don't have any to say about it. We have no control over the price of oil or gas. There's nothing we can do. So what's going on here? "The price of oil will still be set by the global market." Well, this is global oil added to the supply. CNNMoney.com: "Gas prices are once again dominating the national debate. But despite rhetoric, high gas prices aren't hurting as much as they used to." No! Did you know that? "In 1981, when oil prices spiked following the Iranian Revolution, gasoline represented nearly 5% of the nation's spending, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis.
"In 2011, only 3.7% of spending went to gas, even though prices averaged at their highest level ever that year." Now, even if that's true, all this really suggests is that the price of everything else -- housing, food and so forth -- has gone up and through the roof since 1981 because we all know the cost of living hasn't gone down, has it? If it has, I would like to know. We know the cost of living hasn't gone down, yet supposedly gasoline represented only 3.7% of the nation's spending as opposed to 5% back in 1981. If the cost of living isn't going down, then the price of something else has to have been going way up, right? Housing, food, other things. "In addition to spending less, we're driving more than ever, 90% more than compared to the early eighties." Folks, I guess CNN says: Don't worry about the gas price. It's not nearly as bad as you think. Doesn't really matter as much anymore.
And the only reason why is that there's a Democrat president who needs to be reelected.
RUSH: CNN says in this story, folks, that people are only mad about the price of gasoline because they're being encouraged to get mad by some in the media, political pollsters, and because Republicans are exploiting the issue. Honest to God! After exploiting nonexistent rising gas prices all during the 2000s, they now claim you're only mad about gasoline prices because Republicans are exploiting it and the media is exposing it.