The senator from New York wants Secretary of State Clinton to get the Saudis to pump more oil to ease gas prices here:
Schumer on Sunday urged Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to press Saudi officials to expand production, noting that the kingdom is producing well below its capacity of 12.5 million barrels per day.
Schumer’s letter to Clinton called on the State Department to “work with the government of Saudi Arabia to increase its oil production, as they are currently producing well under their capacity.”
It would be nice if we could work with our own government to increase production here. But we can’t. Our government isn’t interested.
His letter notes that “These skyrocketing fuel prices are directly linked to the global energy market, particularly Iran’s recent efforts to manipulate oil prices and the worry of impacts on supply from an escalation of regional hostilities.”
The United States used to produce 10 million barrels of oil per day. Now, despite the Obama regime’s claim that we’re producing “more than ever,” we’re producing about 7 million barrels per day. The recent increases are occurring mostly on private land, because the Obama regime has closed off so much federal land over the past three years.
Question to Schumer and Clinton: If increasing the Saudi production would ease gas prices, why won’t increasing Saudi and American production?