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.

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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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