On Thursday, the average price of regular unleaded gasoline jumped to $3.61 per gallon and most expect it to go much higher. That’s about double the price when President Obama took office.

Traditional explanations for the spike range from Middle East turmoil to increased worldwide demand to price-fixing by OPEC. Rep. John Fleming (R-La.) sees international demand as one issue but he says a failed Obama energy policy should be blamed most.

“We’ve been lagging behind and now the slack is out,”
Fleming told WND.

Fleming says Obama’s efforts to restrict exploration are exactly what America does not need. Fleming also addresses multiple Democratic contentions on energy. He says the notion that we have a miniscule percentage of the world’s energy reserves is simply wrong.

“The president has been shutting down drilling on federal lands, offshore drilling, he’s rolling out brand-new regulations to slow down the hydrofracking process.

“Whatever that’s happening that’s positive is happening in spite of the president, not because of him.”

He also rejects the Democratic contention that starting offshore projects now wouldn’t impact gas prices for a decade or more. And he explains what House Republicans are doing to ease energy costs.

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