FuelFact check: Has Obama really increased U.S. drilling?

FuelFact check: Has Obama really increased U.S. drilling?




With the national average for a gallon of gas continually inching towards $4, the Keystone XL pipeline debate raging on and Congress set to re-examine tax breaks for the oil and gas giants this week, domestic drilling is as hot-button an issue as it has ever been. Taking heat on all of it in recent weeks has been President Barack Obama, who has been defending his administration by saying domestic drilling has increased on his watch and remains a part of his overall energy plan for the future. "Under my administration, America is producing more oil today than at any time in the last eight years. That's a fact," Obama recently said. But is it? Fuelfix.com—The Houston Chronicle's website for news related to energy, oil and gas—put that question through its FuelFact filter. Inspired by fact-checking websites like PolitiFact.com and FactCheck.org, FuelFact was launched earlier this year. According to its research, Obama's claims about domestic drilling are sitting at about a half tank with regard to the facts. In short, "Oil production has risen during the Obama administration, but analysts don't give Obama the credit for the increase over the past three years," FuelFact concludes. Check out the full feature for complete analysis of domestic production and rig counts here.



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