He’s right.

Rep. Pete Olson, that is:

“President Obama has shown nothing but contempt for the strongest economic driver in our down economy, the energy industry…He has repeatedly thrown billions in taxpayer dollars into his ‘green economy’ which has failed miserably. We cannot afford to throw away any more money.”

It’s not just contempt for the energy industry, though, but also contempt for those of us paying in excess of $3.40 for every gallon of gasoline we buy. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Development of renewable alternative fuel and gas-sipping vehicles is all fine and good, but what about those of us who have vehicles who run on plain old gasoline and who can’t afford to go out and buy newer, more fuel-efficient cars? I don’t see why more domestic drilling and exploration is “just a bumper sticker slogan” as opposed to a viable part of a forward-looking energy policy. After all, we’re going to have to have something to fuel our vehicles until that alternative fuel is at the point that it can supplant traditional fossil fuels. I don’t see what’s so hard to comprehend about that.

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3 Responses to “He’s right.”

  1. drjim Says:

    $3.40 a gallon?
    I WISH!
    It’s over $4.40 here in SoCal.

  2. BobG Says:

    A couple of days ago I paid $2.87 here in Salt Lake.

  3. mick Says:

    We’re using more domestic oil than ever – just over half. That’s up from 1/3 in the 1990s.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204226204576602524023932438.html

    Complaining that we ought to drill more, without recognizing that we’re already drilling more than ever, is why it’s a bumper sticker slogan.

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