During a Senate hearing on Monday, Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu was asked if he still believed, as he stated in 2008, that somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe. Chu’s answer was quite revealing as he carefully explained that the moment he went to work for the Federal government, the very moment he walked in the door as Secretary of Energy, he immediately cast aside his position on boosting gasoline prices and he and President Obama are doing everything in their power, everything possible, to reduce gasoline prices. He then went on to say that as a representative of the U.S government, in an election year, right now, in this very slow economy, he is not still for boosting gas prices to European levels but he reserves the right to advocate for high gas prices at some later date when circumstances change.
It has often been said that Chu lacks political skills and this is a prime example of it. At best he is remarkably unconvincing, and at worst, he is a horrible liar. Senator Lee asked Chu if he understood the pain this increase in gasoline prices is imposing on hundreds of millions of Americans. Senator Chu responded saying that the president and I personally, yes we do acknowledge and feel the pain not only of American consumers, but American businesses when they see these prices increase.
The claim is especially egregious. To testify before the Senate that this administration empathizes over surging gas prices with the average American on the very same day that President Obama and his buddy from England took a $362K flight aboard a 747 Jumbo jet to munch on hot dogs and catch a basketball game in Ohio ( a swing state) is outrageous. Yeah baby, Obama feels our pain alright!