From NBC's Domenico Montanaro
While Obama opposed offshore drilling in the summer of 2008, he did start talking about a comprehensive energy plan that -- yes -- included offshore drilling, the White House points out.
President Obama "campaigned to increase oil and gas production as part of a comprehensive energy strategy," administration spokesman Ben LaBolt said in an e-mail to First Read. He added, "It's important to note that he said this during the campaign -- this wasn't new when he became president."
He points to the following:
September 2008: Obama Said Part Of America's Energy Strategy Should Include Increasing Domestic Production. "That means that we, as one of the biggest consumers of oil -- 25 percent of the world's oil -- have to have an energy strategy not just to deal with Russia, but to deal with many of the rogue states we've talked about, Iran, Venezuela. And that means, yes, increasing domestic production and off-shore drilling, but we only have 3 percent of the world's oil supplies and we use 25 percent of the world's oil. So we can't simply drill our way out of the problem." [Transcript, First Presidential Debate, 9/26/08]
October 2008: Obama Said, "I Believe In The Need For Increased Oil Production. We're Going To Have To Explore New Ways To Get More Oil, And That Includes Offshore Drilling." "And let's take the example of energy, which we already spoke about. There is going to be the need for each and every one of us to start thinking about how we use energy. I believe in the need for increased oil production. We're going to have to explore new ways to get more oil, and that includes offshore drilling. It includes telling the oil companies, that currently have 68 million acres that they're not using, that either you use them or you lose them. We're going to have to develop clean coal technology and safe ways to store nuclear energy. But each and every one of us can start thinking about how can we save energy in our homes, in our buildings. And one of the things I want to do is make sure that we're providing incentives so that you can buy a fuel efficient car that's made right here in the United States of America, not in Japan or South Korea, making sure that you are able to weatherize your home or make your business more fuel efficient." [Transcript, Second Presidential Debate, 10/7/08]