‘That Was Me People’: Obama Takes Credit for American Oil Despite His Dozens of Anti-Oil Moves

Former President Barack Obama wants to take credit for America’s strong position in the world relating to oil production.

During an interview at Rice University, the former president took credit for an improved stock market and for American oil independence.


“I was extraordinarily proud of the Paris Accords because I know we’re an oil country and we need American energy. And by the way, American energy production, you wouldn’t always know it, but it went up every year I was president. And you know that whole suddenly America’s like the biggest oil producer and the biggest gas. That was me, people. And I just want you to know. So it’s a little like sometimes you go to Wall Street and folks will be grumbling about anti-business. I said have you checked were your stocks were when I came into office and where they are now. What are you complaining about? Just say thank you, please.”

While the former president is correct in saying that oil production increased during his presidency, many would argue those increases were in spite of Obama, not because of him.

In fact, the House Committee on Natural Resources found that from 2009 to 2013, Obama put up more than 50 “roadblocks” in front of making Americans more oil independent. His decisions to block access to federal land for drilling slowed oil production in the United States. Most oil production was sourced from private land, where the executive branch has a lot less power.

Many took to Twitter to mock the former president for his claims that he encouraged the increase in oil production and helped Wall Street.

Although Obama may be proud of his legacy, President Donald Trump has completely picked it apart, including the United States’ exit from the Paris Accord.

As IJR previously reported, Obama claimed that Americans didn’t stick with his climate policy because of their “racism” and “mommy issues.”

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