The recklessness and nonchalance with which authorities and highly elevated dignitaries - like the president of the USA - spread politically convenient misinformation takes on ever more alarming proportions. The public is constantly bombarded with untruths that portray the holders and enforcers of power as benign servants of the public when in fact their actions are either not productive of improvements or even detrimental to the commonweal.
The Institute for Energy Research (IER) looks at a number of untruths concerning domestic energy production advertised by the Obama campaign, and concludes in stark contradiction to claims and insinuations of the campaign:
Politicians taking credit for something good happening on their watch is nothing new, but as we have shown, the reduction in oil use is because of economic dislocation visited upon millions of American families by the longest sustained economic downturn since World War II, while the increase [sic] domestic production is occuring [sic] on state and private lands, while production on government lands over which he has control is going down. In this sense, the president’s claims are simply breathtakingly [sic] in their apparent assumption that no one will bother to fact-check his numbers.
For a detailed refutation, read the entire, brief article.