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Carney: Chu's 2008 Remark On Boosting Gas Prices Doesn't Matter Now

White House press secretary Jay Carney says Energy Department chief Steven Chu's 2008 remark that the U.S. has to "figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe" doesn't matter now since he made them before he became Secretary.

Carney mocked the press corps and those who dig up quotes such as Chu's, saying it is "fun" for them to "suggest that they have some deeper meaning."

Yet, Carney says, there is a "largely partisan attempt" to take those comments out of context and pretend it is Obama's official policy.

"No, he didn't," Carney said when asked if President Obama made Chu disavow those remarks. "And I think this is an excellent opportunity to make the point that folks who cover this issue who try to suggest that the statement of someone who wasn't even in government at the time is somehow a more significant indicator of the president's policy than the president's policy are engaging in politics on this issue."

"The president, on his watch, in the past three years has taken significant actions to increase -- to continue the increase and to increase oil and gas production. It is part of his all-of-the-above approach to our energy needs and security."

"I know it's part of the fun for folks to find these quotes and suggest that they have some deeper meaning. And maybe that would be the case on day one of a presidency, but we're in the fourth year of this presidency and this president has a very clear record of aggressively pursuing domestic oil and gas production in a safe and responsible way, on public lands as well as private, you know, ensuring it continues on private lands and waters," Carney added.

"There has been an attempt, a largely partisan attempt to take those comments and pretend that those are policy, when in fact policy reflects the contrary," Carney finished.

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