Carney: Obama ‘fully appreciates’ impact of rising gas prices

Republicans have seized on higher gas prices to attack Obama, arguing that his administration is standing in the way of expanded energy development. House Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerRestoring fiscal sanity requires bipartisan courage GOP congressman slams primary rival for Ryan donations Speculation swirls about Kevin McCarthy’s future MORE (R-Ohio) said gas prices “have more than doubled since the president took office,” and presidential contender Rick Santorum blamed Obama’s “radical environmentalist policies” for the trend. 

Carney said Obama has taken “significant action” to expand oil-and-natural-gas exploration while trying to develop a “comprehensive” energy policy for the country. He said Obama’s approach has been to achieve energy policy “responsibly,” and that drilling alone will not fix the problem.

The White House spokesman said Obama’s “all of the above” approach will “build a foundation for energy security in the future so that we are not as vulnerable to the kinds of price shocks that we get when oil climbs as it is now.”

Obama will speak about the approach Thursday during a visit to Miami.