By Gary P Jackson
The American Energy Alliance has released a new ad called Nine Dollar Gas. This ad will air in Florida, Colorado, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio and Virginia. It has a strong message.
Along with the ad comes a fact sheet that has citations backing up every claim made in the video. You can read it here.
As noted yesterday, Obama’s “solution” for high gasoline costs is to raise taxes on the “evil” oil companies. Yeah, that will help!
In reality, the Obama regime has declared war on fossil fuels, while shoveling billions of tax payer dollars at cronies who have put together “green energy” scams like Solyndra and General Electric. [with their wind power scam]
Supporters of the regime will tell you with a straight face that we can’t “drill our way out” of this crisis. But that is simply not true. Even the hint of an increase in production can have a significant impact on the price at the pump.
Case in point: In July of 2008 the average price of gasoline was $4.09 a gallon. President Bush took action. Bush issued an Executive Order lifting the ban on offshore drilling, and urged Congress to take action as well. That was July 14.
On July 16, the House voted 236-189 in approval of allowing drilling offshore in both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.
On July 27, the Senate voted 78-12 to end the 27 year ban on offshore drilling.
What was the effect of this legislation? Again, in July of 2008 gasoline was $4.09 a gallon, on average. By December, 2008, gasoline was only $1.68 a gallon, on average, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
That’s cutting the price at the pump by more than 50%, and nothing was done except passing legislation. Not a single oil rig had been erected. Just the mere IDEA that the United States was going to open up areas for oil exploration saw the price of oil come crashing down!
The price of gasoline is approaching that $4.09 average from 2008 as I write this. The price at the pump has doubled since Obama took office in January of 2009. That was his stated goal. Obama has surrounded himself with radicals who want to see energy prices so high, we are forced to use ineffective, and equally expensive “green” technology. As we have seen, Obama’s cronies are making big money from all of this.
Americans can’t stand for this. We must demand a change in energy policy. We know we have enough oil, natural gas, and coal to last us for centuries, without ever importing a drop. It’s well past time for all Americans to demand our energy independence. Anything less is totally unacceptable.
In fact, it’s a crime against the American people that, thanks to the federal energy policy, we are not 100% energy independent today!