The U.S. has been able to do this while Obama — cheered on by hypocritical environmentalists, know-nothing celebrities and gullible Canadian opposition parties — tut-tuts about our oil sands, an insignificant contributor to greenhouse gas emissions compared to U.S. coal production alone, let alone oil and natural gas.
Under Obama, the U.S. is now the world’s largest producer of oil and natural gas combined and of oil and natural gas liquids combined.
It surpassed Saudi Arabia as the largest producer of oil and liquified natural gas this year.
It surpassed Russia as the largest producer of natural gas in 2010.
Already the “Saudi Arabia of coal” — as Obama himself has described America — U.S. coal exports are at record levels.
While Obama’s critics say the U.S. fossil fuel boom has occurred in spite of him rather than because of him, he’s happy to take credit for it.
As Obama boasted in a 2012 speech at the Cushing Pipe Yard in Cushing, Oklahoma:
“Under my administration, America is producing more oil today that at any time in the last eight years … Over the last three years, I’ve directed my administration to open up millions of acres for gas and oil exploration across 23 different states.
Is this true?