Interior Secretary: ‘Not Even Harry Potter’ Can Bring Down Gas Prices

By Matt Cover | April 24, 2012 | 6:04 PM EDT

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar. ( Starr)

( – “Not even Harry Potter” can bring down rising gas prices and nobody knows when they will stop rising, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Tuesday.

“No one has the ability – not even Harry Potter – to simply wave a magic wand and say that we’re going to have gas prices at $2 or $2.50 or $3. It just doesn’t work that way,” said Salazar, whose department controls oil and gas drilling on federal lands.

The comments came after a speech at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on energy issues.

Salazar said gas prices were set by “global economics.” The best thing to do in the long run is to “stay the course” on President Obama’s commitment to green energy.

“It’s an all-of-the-above energy strategy and that’s what we need to do, is to stay the course and to get us to a place where the American people are not subjected to the pain of the ups and downs that we’ve seen in the United States over the last forty years.”

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Salazar said that oil and gas, alongside biofuels and other renewables, were part of that all-inclusive strategy.

“Where it will all end, no-one knows,” he said, then reiterated the view that Obama’s “all-of-the-above” policy would protect Americans from the volatilities of the global market.

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