With his legacy mostly erased, and more of it on the way after the current temporary interruption—an outcome ex-President Barack Obama (D) will thank us for in the fullness of time and his clearer understanding—Obama is desperate to preserve such of it as he can with his revisionist history.
Former President Barack Obama on Tuesday took credit for the boom in US oil and gas production, saying, “That was me, people.”
Of course, it was. His sequestration of Federal lands and offshore fields from oil and gas exploration with his slow-walking of the necessary permits were instrumental in triggering the boom.
You wouldn’t always know it, but it went up every year I was president. That whole—suddenly America’s like the biggest oil producer and the biggest gas….
Never mind that those year-on-year increases—small as they were—were driven by exploration and exploitation of those fields on private and other non-Federal lands. The increases didn’t get serious until Obama and his administration were out of the way, but we’ll not mention that.
Another bit of history that the revisionist Obama carefully elided was provided by ex-Shell Oil Company President John Hofmeister:
…he tried to remake the power generation industry without involving Congress, and the Paris accords—again without involving Congress.
That remake was his threat—which he tried most enthusiastically to carry out—to eliminate our carbon-based (mostly coal, but oil and gas, also) electricity production industry, along with the wholesale destruction to our overall economy that acting on his Paris Accord would have wreaked.
The extent of Obama’s desperation is sad.