WH Adviser David Plouffe on Energy, Health Care
While running for president in 2008, then senator Barack Obama placed blame for high gas prices on George W. Bush.
Four years later, gas prices are double what they were in 2008, and the question goes "Does President Barack Obama bear some of the responsibility for today’s high gas prices?"
Senior Adviser to the President, David Plouffe, said high gas prices are a problem we have dealing with “for decades.”
“What the president has been saying and said and is saying now, is we have to do everything we can here to produce oil and natural gas here in this country. And we're doing that. Production is at an eight-year high, triple the rigs in the fields as there was when the president came to office,” Plouffe said.
At the same time the White House argues that more domestic oil production alone is not going to solve the problem.
“That's only part of the answer.We have to then quickly move to wind, and solar and biofuels, and next generation cars,” Plouffe said, adding, “Obviously, we're not going to get the energy future we need until we have that ‘all of the above’ strategy.”
The president’s ’08 campaign manager also took a shot at Republican presidential contenders—arguing that solving this dilemma is not as easy as it looks.
“This isn't just about a political slogan that said I have a secret plan for $2 gas,” Plouffe said.
Critics, on the other hand, argue that the president is not doing all he can to fight high gas prices, and they point to the president’s decision to delay approval for construction of the north half of the Keystone pipeline.
Plouffe said a decision to delay approval was made when Nebraska raised objections and concerns over possible environmental impact, and once a new route was submitted it would be reviewed.
Plouffe also pointed to the president’s announcement this week that he was going to expedite construction of the southern half of the pipeline, which would move a glut of oil to the market.
The upcoming week is a big one for the administration on another key domestic priority of the president’s, he signature domestic achievement so far, the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.
Beginning Monday, the US Supreme Court will hear arguments challenging the constitutionality of the new law.
Plouffe said the administration is confident that the court will find it constitutional.
And even though polls show the public isn’t sold on the law, Plouffe believes that once more of the provisions kick in, as they are scheduled to in 2014, the public will see the benefits that advocates have been touting for the past couple years.