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.
Obama: "Suddenly America is the largest oil producer, that was me people … say thank you." pic.twitter.com/VfQfX1SR0x
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) November 28, 2018
“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.
Obama bragging that he was great for Wall St. and corporate stocks is ???? https://t.co/U7tunj6Hib
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) November 28, 2018
I think the men and women who work 12+ hour backbreaking shifts on an oil rig weeks at a time, missing holidays, birthdays, first steps, etc. would beg to differ. https://t.co/Pc5xCXFbn4
— Natalie Johnson (@nataliejohnsonn) November 28, 2018
So climate change is Obama's fault. https://t.co/kej2WtDCRb
— jon gabriel (@exjon) November 28, 2018
I'm really proud of that Paris climate accord. ?️
BTW, I'm the reason we're pumping oil like never before. Thank me! https://t.co/yfDhYrlT0y
— Ryan Maue | weathermodels.com (@RyanMaue) November 28, 2018
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.”