Robert Zubrin: Obama Covers for OPEC.
When faced with an issue of grave concern to the public, a politician has two choices. He can try to solve the problem. That would be the course of a true statesman. Alternatively, however, he can take the path of the demagogue, and seek to exploit the problem by blaming it on scapegoats among or linked to his political adversaries.
In the case of the current energy crisis, President Obama has chosen the second path.
Responding to public concern over sharply rising gasoline prices, President Obama announced last week that he was asking Attorney General Eric Holder to launch a criminal investigation of price gouging by oil companies, refiners, and gas stations.
Such posturing is so absurd as to exceed the capacity of satire. The reason gasoline prices are up is that the price of crude oil is up. There is not only a direct correlation between the two, but a causal relationship: The primary cost of producing gasoline is the cost of the oil from which it is refined. It is impossible to make cheap gasoline from expensive oil. To launch a witch hunt against gasoline providers for high price at the pump when oil is selling for $110 per barrel is a truly amazing political stunt.