Fact-checking the Washington rhetoric on drilling and oil

With gas prices rising, the rhetoric in Washington about drilling is becoming increasingly intense.

On one side of the battle, is President Obama. He recently outlined a proposal to reduce the country’s dependence on foreign oil by one-third by 2025, while continuing to drill responsibly, beefing up fuel-economy standards and promoting electric vehicles.

On the other side of the battle are Republicans and many drill-state Democrats. While they agree with Obama’s policy agenda broadly, they say the administration is not moving quickly enough to expand domestic oil and natural gas production.

With the 2012 elections looming and the public’s frustration with high gas prices reverberating in lawmakers’ home states, each side is accusing the other of manipulating the facts to suit its priorities.

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