Since President Barack Obama took office in 2009, crude oil production on America’s federal lands has fallen by more than 6 percent, according to a report Wednesday by Stephen Dinan of the Washington Times.
But during the same period, production on non-federal lands has grown by 60 percent, Dinan said, citing the Congressional Research Service.
“If federal lands production had kept up, the U.S. would be pumping more than 8.4 million barrels of oil a day,” Dinan said.
He said natural gas production has climbed 33 percent on state and private land since 2009 but has dropped dramatically on federal property.
“If federal production had kept pace, it would be nearly twice as high as it is today,” he said.
“While President Obama has been anxious to take credit for increased oil and gas production, the only areas he is responsible for is on federal lands — the only areas where oil and gas production is actually decreasing,” said Rep. Ed Whitfield, Kentucky Republican and chairman of the House’s energy and power subcommittee.
If federal-lands crude production had kept pace with the rest of the country, more than 1 million more barrels a day of oil being would be produced now inside the U.S., the Washington Times said.
“A million barrels a day is $100 million worth of oil that we currently purchase from other people,” the story quoted Daniel Kish, senior vice presidentfor policy at the Institute for Energy Research. “We spend $100 million to buy that oil that we could be producing here at home, paying Americans to make it rather than other people to make it.”