Gallery: Gas Prices Climb For 20th Day in a Row, GOP Still Calling to D...


Those of us who rely on gasoline to get us around have been feeling the pinch as gas prices have risen for 20 days straight nationwide. As per gallon costs continue to climb toward a wallet cringing $4, some politicians, like President Obama, have been taking this opportunity to spell out how renewable energy and energy efficiency can help take the pain of energy prices out of our daily lives. Others, like a few of the Republican Presidential candidates, are still calling for more drilling all the while attempting to keep down the rise of the electric car and the environmental movement – even though their own experts have been desperately trying to warn them they’re on the wrong side of the coin.

One of those politicians, Newt Gingrich, has been making the rounds this weekend on political talk shows saying that President Obama actually wants higher gas prices. “So what I can guarantee you is the Obama program is higher prices, more dependency in the Middle East, more vulnerability to Saudi Arabia and Iraq and Iran — exactly the wrong direction,” said Gingrich on Fox News Sunday after telling viewers that, “this president is anti-American energy.” Experts say that the President has little to do with rising crude oil prices, which are what is causing gasoline prices to climb, but rather the market is an international betting game in which the major players are concerned about Iran’s current threats to cut off oil to European markets.

This comes even after Obama unveiled his new energy speech last week saying that he knew the pain that everyday Americans feel as prices rise at the pump. While addressing the issue of higher prices at the pump, Obama acknowledged his opponents’ already strong attack on his energy plan, which he’s calling an all-of-the-above strategy to gaining energy independence for the United States. “You can bet that since it’s an election year, they’re already dusting off their 3-point plan for $2 gas. And I’ll save you the suspense. Step one is to drill and step two is to drill. And then step three is to keep drilling,” the President said in Florida last week. “We heard the same line in 2007 when I was running for president. We hear the same thing every year. We’ve heard the same thing for 30 years. Well, the American people aren’t stupid. They know that’s not a plan, especially since we’re already drilling. That’s a bumper sticker. It’s not a strategy to solve our energy challenge. That’s a strategy to get politicians through an election.”

Though the President has heavily invested in research into renewable sources of energy like solar power, wind farms, algae biofuel production and a more efficient fleet of American vehicles, his opponents keep turning the conversation toward his noble attempt to stall the Keystone XL pipeline — even though the President hasn’t completely cut off investments into fossil fuel. They say his opposition of the destructive project means he’s opposed to energy independence, as voiced by Rick Santorum at an event on Saturday, “all sorts of opportunities for us to be more energy independent. And what does he say? ‘No Canada, you build that pipeline to the West Coast and send that oil to China.'” We’d say that Santorum’s bashing of the President for putting “the earth above man” is indicative of his inability to see the opportunities that could really make us energy independent and that don’t have to do with splitting our country in half with a giant hunk of steel that will only employ 20 people once built.


Lead image by Richard Masoner / Cyclelicious on Flickr

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  1. electric38 February 28, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    Oil companies will continue to raise prices. They do not want the average American to have any “extra” dollars in their pocket with which they can afford a rooftop solar installation. These monopolies will lose the money that would have been spent for fuel, via many consumers switching to an electric vehicle and charging it with the free energy of the sun. This money purchases many politicians, they cannot afford that.

    The utility companies are in the same boat. They will also likely keep the cost of energy high (regardless of the true cost) so that consumers are not able to own their own solar in the improving economy.

  2. Edward Kerr February 28, 2012 at 8:10 am

    As someone who is concerned for my grandchildren and how they will need to navigate through this life I find it “criminally negligent” to foist the bankrupt idea that “drill baby drill” is the answer to this country’s (and the world’s) energy future. If thoughtless and ill informed politicians hamper a rational transition away from fossil fuels toward renewable fuels and energy, then they will suffer the rebuke of those who their self serving shortsightedness will do serious harm to. (Namely your children and mine)
    While the average American squawks about gasoline prices, Hooiberg from the Netherlands exposes how shallow that lament is. If we ever want to have low prices for fuel then we need to develop alternatives (which exist in a nascent state) that are not a limited resource. Our entire global economy depends on energy to operate and if we wish to sidestep the consequences of depleted oil without and alternative system then keep listening to the like of Newt and Rick (and oh, I’m a registered Republican but I seriously disagree with the GOP’s stance on energy these days)….Regardless of who the next president is we simply must start ramping up the alternatives that will eventually replace coal and oil as the primary energy feedstock. You mark my worlds on this: If we fail to move ahead quickly we will suffer severe consequences…

    Edward Kerr
    In homage to the big bright ball in the sky……

  3. hooiberg February 27, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    Actually, the Americans keep amazing me at such cheap gas prices. Four dollar for a whole gallon would amaze anybody here. In the Netherlands people pay the euro equivalent of $9,13 for a gallon of gas. Diesel is a bit cheaper, though.

    So, stop complaining and celebrate while it lasts. Or save up money for a nice 60 mile per gallon small car, of which there are several around. And remember the heavy chemicals going into hybrid car’s batteries. All in all, they are not yet more green than small pure combustion cars. Good luck and don’t drink and drive!

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