No shortage of energy claims -- true and otherwise
By Molly Moorhead
Published on Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012 at 11:48 a.m.
You’ve probably noticed that a fill-up is a bigger drain on your wallet these days than it used to be. And maybe you’ve heard the cacophony of politicians telling you why gas prices have surged and who’s to blame.
President Barack Obama is trying to strike a chord with beleaguered drivers by reminding them how prosperous the oil companies are. His opponents are telling voters the president could be doing more to boost production and drive prices down.
This week at PolitiFact, we’re distilling a few of the claims from this gusher.
So far, we’ve rated a claim True that Exxon made $4.7 million an hour in profits last year. (Yes, you read that right.)
But we found another that Obama opposed oil exploration in Alaska only Half True.
And it’s Mostly True that the U.S. is producing 14 percent less oil off public lands than a year ago.
There’s more to come in the ever-popular gas price blame game, so stay tuned.
See Truth-O-Meter items
Researchers: Molly Moorhead
Email comments and suggestions for fact-checks to email@example.com or find us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+. (If you send us a comment, we'll assume you don't mind us publishing it unless you tell us otherwise.)
We're especially interested in any chain emails or social media memes that you would like us to check out.
Keep up to date with Politifact :
- Sign up for our e-mail (about once a week)
- Put a free PolitiFact widget on your blog or Web page
- Subscribe to our RSS feeds on Truth-O-Meter items
- Subscribe to our RSS feeds on GOP Pledge-O-Meter items
- Subscribe to our RSS feeds on Obameter items
- Advertise on PolitiFact
- Shop the PolitiFact store for T-shirts, hats and other PolitiFact swag