Obama has no real, sincere interest in a better American energy future, defense, economy and job security.

The list of incompatible messages from the Obama administration continues into 2011, with the next even more daft than the former. In 2010, it was a moratorium on drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, suspending, and even ending, some American jobs in one of the few regions of the U.S. where hiring and economies remained relatively robust. This was in the midst of regular talk from D.C. about its struggle with and determination to create American jobs.

So far in 2011, there is Obama’s idea of fighting high gas-pump prices by releasing oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, which was created for American defense purposes and not for White House re-election defense purposes. Besides that, the problem with the $4-plus gas-pump price in May wasn’t even due directly to the high price of crude oil, which was some $114 at the time.

In fact, for example, crude oil was $148 a barrel in July 2008, and the national average pump price peaked at $4.11 briefly. Clearly, there would be another circumstance involved in a $4 pump price at both $148 oil and $114 oil.

There was—and is—but that message wasn’t delivered to Americans by the White House. It is that the pump-price run-up has been due to a confluence of circumstances: refineries that were offline for regular, spring-season maintenance that precedes the heavier summer-demand season and refineries offline for technical reasons. It had very little to do with the actual supply of oil in the U.S.

Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. analysts noted recently that Obama’s talk of releasing oil from the SPR “is a political ‘Hail Mary’ when there is no apparent relief from high oil and gasoline prices. Maybe Energy Secretary Chu—the Nobel Prize winner—should remind the president (also a Nobel Prize winner) that U.S. oil inventories are at record levels and well above normal—that is, plus 13%—so, we’re not sure who will buy the oil or where they will store it.”

In short, U.S. oil-storage capacity is full. Where would Obama put it, except back into the SPR? “In the meantime,” the TPH analysts added, “someone in the administration should run an energy policy post-route. The clock is running with no time outs left.”

Also this spring, Obama offered the idea of increasing taxes on oil-producing companies as a means of reducing energy costs. That is to say that increasing the cost of making a product will result in lowering its cost to the consumer. His idea—which was swiftly defeated by the U.S. Senate after major oil-company executives had to go to Washington to explain this incongruity—was to use the additional tax revenue to fund research into alternative energy, something the U.S. government has funded for decades with little to show for it, while oil prices keep climbing, thus pump prices.

Meanwhile, an alternative-energy idea the government has not seriously funded during the past 40 years of net—and growing—reliance on imported oil is use of natural gas as a transportation fuel.

And in another underwhelming White House response to pump prices this spring, Obama has called for an investigation into U.S. oil-market fraud, without noting that the continued weak U.S. dollar—some 70% the value of the Euro—is largely responsible for the high price of oil, which is traded worldwide in U.S. dollars.

Which brings this back to jobs and to the economy. In all the blame-deflecting speak from the White House this spring, Obama has obfuscated the fact that its energy-related efforts to date have consisted at net of trying to kill the solution—instead of killing the problem. The message is “Kill American oil producers. Kill American oil-industry jobs. And, ignore the job-creating, economy-boosting, American defense-boosting opportunity of using natural gas as a transportation fuel.”

That message was also delivered this spring and is the most revealing from the White House about Obama’s true lack of feelings about improving America’s profile of dependence on imported energy. In May, the Department of Energy approved exporting U.S. natural gas, which is now prolific due to producers’ pioneering work on some of the most complicated gas formations in the country.

But, what could Obama say? No? If no, then what? What to do then with all this abundant, indigenous, clean, super-fuel—a new methane-rich situation that is the envy of energy-dependent countries worldwide? While the decision to allow export is pro-free-markets and is best for gas producers, it says that Obama has no real, sincere interest in a better American energy future, defense, economy and job security.

One U.S. gas producer says, “The administration says a lot of stuff with words that it doesn’t follow through on with real actions. Look at the Gulf of Mexico and the moratorium. The president talks about supporting the use of more natural gas and reducing energy imports, but if you look at his actions, you’ll see we have energy policy that has been more adversarial than supportive.”

–Nissa Darbonne, Editor-at-Large, Oil and Gas Investor, OilandGasInvestor.com, OilandGasInvestor.com Today, Oil and Gas Investor This Week, A&D Watch, A-Dcenter.com, UGcenter.com. Contact Nissa at ndarbonne@hartenergy.com.