Sunday, September 16, 2012

Another Reason To Vote Against Barack Obama: Continuously-Rising Gasoline Prices

While there are many reasons to send Barack Obama packing on election day, here's one more. Northern Gas Pipelines links to a graph originated by the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee (of which Don Young is the second-ranking Republican member), which shows how gasoline prices have continuously risen during the Obama Administration. A screenshot is provided below:

The Natural Resources Committee suggests that the best way to decrease gasoline prices is to lessen America’s dangerous dependence on increasingly-unstable foreign countries for oil. Since taking office, President Obama has repeatedly blocked efforts to increase American oil production by issuing a moratorium in the Gulf a Mexico, blocking 85 percent of America’s offshore from oil and natural gas production, canceling lease sales in the West, and delaying offshore permits. It should also be noted that the Obama Administration's blind support for Islamofascist insurgents who cleverly cloak themselves in the guise of the "Arab Spring" have served to further destabilize the Middle East, jeopardizing a significant source of our oil.

House Republicans have offered a long list of bipartisan legislation to increase American energy production, create over a million new jobs, lower gasoline prices and grow the economy. Unfortunately, President Obama has opposed these bipartisan solutions and the Democrat controlled Senate has refused to act on these bills to create jobs, lower gasoline prices and increase America’s energy security.

The Natural Resources Committee offers five solutions to increase American energy production and provide Americans with price relief: Increase offshore production, increase Alaskan production, increase onshore production, stop blocking access to North American resources, and avoid increasing taxes on American energy. However, gasoline taxes, which have traditionally been used to pay for highway maintenance and expansion, may have to be raised since we have neglected our infrastructure, unless we're willing to start tolling more of our roads. The latter is difficult to sell.

We must also continue developing alternative energy sources such as wind, solar, hydropower and geothermal, while understanding that they still have limitations. Those limitations were recently exposed here in Alaska when the Fire Island Wind Farm had to be temporarily shut down during a windstorm -- because the winds were so strong that damage to the turbines was feared. And the Chevrolet Volt continues to lose money, although GM disputes the $49,000 per car figure put forth by critics. Electric cars will not take off until three criteria are met: First, a charging network similar to our current network of gas stations; second, a serious reduction in the recharge time for a vehicle; and third; smaller, less-expensive, and less-hazardous batteries. How do we safely dispose of all those batteries when they are depleted?

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