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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Republicans v. Obama on Energy

Obama is vulnerable on energy.  Gallup reports:
A solid majority of Americans think the U.S. government should approve of building the Keystone XL pipeline, while 29% think it should not. Republicans are almost twice as likely as Democrats to want the government to approve the oil pipeline. About half of independents also approve.
A release from Crossroads GPS:
Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies (Crossroads GPS) today announced the launch of a new national TV spot focusing on President Obama’s dramatic failure to keep energy prices down, while he has instead focused on untested and naive strategies that have virtually no impact on energy consumption or demand.
The issue ad, entitled “Deflect”, will start on Wednesday in a $650,000 buy on national cable and local broadcast network buys in three markets where the president will pitch his energy plan this week: Albuquerque, New Mexico; Columbus, Ohio; and Las Vegas, Nevada.
The ad can be viewed here. It is also available for high resolution download upon request. The ad urges viewers to contact the White House and Congress to advocate for the passage of a market-driven energy policy free from Obama’s government subsidies and interference. Crossroads GPS also launched a longer-form web-ad to complement the effort, which can be viewed here.

Meanwhile, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, went after Secretary of Energy Steven Chu: