President Obama fired back at the town hall debate, after Mitt Romney accused him of cutting down on energy production.
“Candy [Crowley], there’s no doubt that world demand has gone up,” Obama said, regarding high gas prices, “but our production has gone up and we’re using oil more efficiently. And very little of what Gov. Romney just said is true.
“We’ve opened up public lands. We’re actually drilling more on public lands than in the previous administration — and the previous president was an oil-man. And natural gas isn’t just appearing magically. We’re encouraging it, and working with the industry.
“And when I hear Gov. Romney say he’s a big coal guy, keep in mind when — Governor, when you were governor of Massachusetts, you stood in front of a coal plant, and pointed at it and said, “This plant kills,” and took great pride in shutting it down. Now suddenly you’re a big champion of coal. So what I’ve tried to do is be consistent.”