President Barack Obama
“Under my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket.”
“If somebody wants to build a coal plant, they can — it’s just that it will bankrupt them…”
“I think that I would have preferred a gradual adjustment” of gas prices.
"We haven't had an energy policy in this country that makes sense and frees ourselves from dependence on foreign oil."
“Going into an election, do you think the president of the United States wants gas prices to go higher?”
Secretary of Energy Stephen Chu
“Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe.”
“No, the overall goal is to decrease our dependency on oil” (in response to whether or not the Administration’s goal is to lower gasoline prices).