Feeling the political pressure from opponents and the always unpopular spike in gas prices President Obama has fired back at Republicans.
“A lot of the folks who are running for a certain office who shall go unnamed, they’ve been talking down new sources of energy,” he said during a speech to students in Maryland. “They dismiss wind power. They dismiss solar power. They make jokes about biofuels. They were against raising fuel standards. I guess they like gas-guzzlers.”
In particular Obama targeted Republican nominee and House Speaker Newt Gingrich who has mocked the President’s support for biofuels, calling him “President Algae”. In the face of rising gas prices that have spiked 15 percent this month, Gingrich has made $2.50 a gallon gasoline part of his campaign, something Obama says simply isn’t within the control of politicians.
Instead, President Obama continues to push on with a mandate for more alternative fuel vehicles as well as more fuel efficient cars and trucks through increase CAFE standards, in search of a 54.5 mpg average by 2025.