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Bob McMillanAn Opinion

By Bob McMillan
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Gasoline Prices and Political Talk

Back in June of 2008, I wrote a column entitled “ A Closer Look At Gasoline Prices.” That column concluded with this sentence as the last paragraph. “Without a national energy policy soon, watch out, because you may very well see the comeback of the horse and buggy!”

Now, to be serious, my concern is political talk with no positive action. And President Obama is part of the talk with no results. He wants to help, “… families at the pump and reduce our dependence on foreign oil.” Yet, after the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, what did the President do? He stopped oil drilling in the Gulf and has always sided with environmentalists who want no drilling almost everywhere.

The President went on to say that there is “no silver bullet” to slash gas prices. At the same time, no one talks about how high home heating oil prices have also skyrocketed!

Republicans are no better. Both sides of the aisle use political talk with hardly any real action. It all reminds me of the President Jimmy Carter days in The White House. His rhetoric was turn down the heat and wear a sweater. Again, talk and there are no real solutions.

With all the challenges in the Middle East and Northern Africa, how can any politician talk about gasoline prices and not take any real action.

What are some of the options?

First, we have to develop ways to address safe drilling for oil in Alaska, the Gulf Coast and off of the coast of Southern Florida. If China can drill for oil off of Cuba’s coast, we are lost if we cannot do a better job of drilling for oil!

In addition, we have to take a closer look at the development of oil shale in Colorado. There is probably more oil there than in all of the Middle East. True, it is expensive to extract the oil, but more should be done to find solutions.

Next, wind farms and solar panels need more attention along with exploration of safe nuclear power. Further, we need more development of hybrid and electric cars to save oil costs. If all of these areas are not fully examined and thoroughly thought through, there is no way for gasoline or fuel oil prices to be controlled.

Finally, make no mistake. This nation has no energy policy – none at all. The responsibility for this failure rests with a long line of presidents and members of Congress, both Republicans and Democrats. If we see no leadership in the months ahead, we are headed to further economic decay. What are the Senators and members of Congress from your state doing to really address these issues? Maybe, you should ask them? The answers should be interesting.


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