Well, President Barack Hussein Obama has finally begun his disingenuous/dishonest/outright lying campaign of television advertisements that tell part of the truth; just enough to fool Kool-Aid drinkers. In a campaign ad that is currently running in Virginia, he claims that his policies have promoted clean energy jobs and reduced the nation’s dependence on foreign oil while enduring unfounded attacks from the energy industry. He even has the chutzpah to promote his ethics record. And all of this in only 30 seconds! The ad is also running in Iowa, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio and Wisconsin.
Here is a link if you have a strong stomach and want to see the ad for yourself.
So let’s examine what Obama claims in the ad. Then I will provide what the late, great Paul Harvey used to call “the rest of the story.”
Claim: Secretive oil billionaires attacking President Obama The Rest of the Story: The oil & gas industry in general, and the Koch brothers in particular, have been anything but secretive in their attacks on President Obama.
Claim: Implication that President Obama has created 2.7 million “clean energy industry” jobs The Rest of the Story: While the number 2.7 million may be true, the ad cites a report from the Brookings Institute (page 4). That report says, “The clean economy, which employs some 2.7 million workers, encompasses a significant number of jobs in establishments spread across a diverse group of industries… Most clean economy jobs reside in mature segments that cover a wide swath of activities, including manufacturing and the provision of public services such as wastewater and mass transit. A smaller portion of the clean economy encompasses newer segments that respond to energy-related challenges. These include the solar photovoltaic (PV), wind, fuel cell, smart grid, biofuel, and battery industries.” The report says that the “clean economy establishments added half a million jobs between 2003 and 2010.” Let’s see, Obama was inaugurated in January, 2009, so his claim to any job created before he was inaugurated is an outright lie! Further, the report refers to “clean economy” jobs, not “clean energy” jobs. The great majority of the clean economy jobs are not in the clean energy industry. But as we have seen, Obama is quite adept at comparing apples and oranges.
Bottom line: any job, regardless of its nature, is claimed to belong to the clean energy industry.
Claim: Implication that Obama played a role in the increase in US domestic oil production The Rest of the Story: Most domestic oil production growth was worked up, leased, drilled and plumbed-up for production over the last decade or more, long before he was inaugurated. His policies have actually done just the opposite: they have reduced production. Increases in production have come from two sources:Fracking of shale in the Baaken field: despite the EPA’s efforts tostop fracking, the Baaken field continues to produceGulf of Mexico: deepwater discoveries in the gulf that have beenbrought on line over the last three years were discovered years before Obama was inaugurated.
Claim: The US dependence on foreign oil is now below 50 percent The Rest of the Story: While his claim may be true, the ad fails to explain why it is true: oil consumption is down because we remain in an economic recession/depression, something he promised to end if elected.
Ethics? The ad says, “Independent watchdogs call this president’s record on ethics unprecedented.” The “unprecedented” line comes from a statement by a coalition of government watchdogs in 2009, just three months after Obama took office. It referred specifically to Obama’s promise to increase transparency and to end the revolving door of former lobbyists becoming presidential appointees. He kept neither promise. So much for ethics.
This ad, though filled with innuendos, assumptions, half truths, and out-and-out lies, will play well with the dim-witted who will take President Barack Hussein Obama’s claims at face value, not bothering to do any kind of research and/or fact checking.