Top 10 Reasons to Blame Democrats for Soaring Gasoline Prices
By: William Tate
American Thinker | Wednesday, June 18, 2008
This started out as an
attempt to create a light and humorous, Letterman-esque Top 10 list.
But the items on the list, and the drain Americans are seeing in their
pocketbooks because of Democrats' actions (sometimes inaction) are just too tragic for that.
10) ANWR If Bill Clinton had signed into law the Republican Congress's 1995 bill to allow drilling of ANWR instead of vetoing it, ANWR could be producing a million barrels of (non-Opec) oil a day--5% of the nation's consumption. Although speaking in another context, even Democrat Senator Charles Schumer,
no proponent of ANWR drilling, admits that "one million barrels per
day," would cause the price of gasoline to fall "50 cents a gallon
almost immediately," according to a recent George Will column. 9) Coastal Drilling (i.e., not in my backyard) Democrats have consistently fought efforts to drill off the U.S. coast, as evidenced by Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz's preotestation
against a failed 2005 bill: "Not only does this legislation dismantle
the bi-partisan ban on offshore drilling, but it provides a financial
incentive for states to do so." A financial incentive? With the Chinese now slant drilling for oil just 50 miles off the Florida coast, wouldn't that have been a good thing? 8) Insistence on alternative fuels One of the first acts of the new Democrat-controlled congress in 2007 was an energy bill that "calls for a huge increase in the use of ethanol as a motor fuel and requires new appliance efficiency standards." By focusing on alternative fuels such as ethanol, and not more drilling, Democrats have added to the cost of food,
worsening starvation problems around the word and increasing
inflationary pressures in the U.S., including prices at the pump. 7) Nuclear power Even
the French, who sometimes seem to lack the backbone to stand up for
anything other than soft cheese, faced down their environmentalists
over the need for nuclear power. France now generates 79% of its electricity
from nuclear plants, mitigating the need for imported oil. The French
have so much cheap energy that France has become the world's largest
exporter of electric power. They have plans in place to build more
reactors, including an experimental fusion reactor. The
last nuclear reactor built in the United States, according to the US
Dept of Energy, was the "River Bend" plant in Louisiana. Its
construction began in March of 1977.
Need I say more?
6) Coal "The liquid hydrocarbon fuel available from American coal reserves exceeds the crude oil reserves of the entire world," writes Dr. Arthur Robinson in an article on humanevents.com. The U.S. has approximately one-fourth of the world's known, proven coal reserves. Coal
would be a proven, and increasingly clean, source of electric power
and--at current prices--a liquified fuel that would reduce our
dependence on foreign oil. Yet Dems and their enviro friends have
fought, and continue to fight, both coal-mining and coal plants. 5) Refinery capacity "High
oil prices are still being propped up by a shortage of refinery
capacity and there is little sign of the bottleneck easing until 2010,"
according to Peak Oil News. And, while voters in South Dakota have approved zoning for what could become the first new oil refinery in the United States in 30 years, the Dems' environmentalist constituency vows to oppose it, just like environmentalists opposed the floodgates that could have saved New Orleans from Hurricane Katrina. 4) Reduced competition With consolidation in the oil industry, has come reduced competition. Remember, most of the major oil company mergers -- Shell-Texaco, BP-Amoco, Exxon-Mobil, BP-ARCO, and Chevron-Texaco -- happened on Clinton's watch. The number of oil refiners dropped from 28 to 19 companies during Clinton's two terms. 3) The Global Warming Myth At a Group of 8 meeting this week, host and Japanese Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Akira Amari
"described the issues of climate change and energy as two sides of the
same coin and proposed united solutions ... to address both issues
simultaneously". As a result of Global Warming hysteria, the Al Gore-negotiated Kyoto Protocol created a worldwide market in carbon-emissions trading. Both 2005 --the year that trading was initiated--and this year --when the trading expanded dramatically -- saw substantial and unexpected price spikes in the cost of oil, leading us to reason Number... 2) Speculation "Given
the unchanged equilibrium in global oil supply and demand over recent
months amid the explosive rise in oil futures prices ... it is more
likely that as much as 60% of the today oil price is pure speculation,"
writes F. William Engdahl, an Associate of the Centre for Research on Globalization. According
to a June 2006 US Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations
report, US energy futures historically "were traded exclusively on
regulated exchanges within the United States... The trading of energy
commodities by large firms on OTC electronic exchanges was exempted
from (federal) oversight by a provision inserted at the behest of Enron
and other large energy traders into the Commodity Futures Modernization
Act of 2000." The bill was signed into law by Bill Clinton, in one of his last acts in office. 1) Defeat of President Bush's 2001 energy package According to the BBC, "Key points of Bush('s 2001) plan were to:
-Promote new oil and gas drilling
-Build new nuclear plants
-Improve electricity grid and build new pipelines -$10bn in tax breaks to promote energy efficiency and alternative fuels
A New York Times article, dated May 18, 2001, explained:
article went on to quote some rather prescient words from the
President, "this great country could face a darker future, a future
that is, unfortunately, being previewed in rising prices at the gas
pump and rolling blackouts in the great state of California" if his
plan was not adopted in 2001.
Bush began an intensive effort today to sell his plan for developing
new sources of energy to Congress and the American people, arguing that
the country had a future of 'energy abundance if it could break free of
the traditional antagonism between energy producers and environmental
Bush's plea for a new dialogue came as his administration published the
report of an energy task force containing scores of specific
proposals... for finding new sources of power and encouraging a range
of new energy technologies."
Bush plan] "mentions about a dozen areas including land-use
restrictions in the Rockies, lease stipulations on offshore areas
attractive to oil companies, the vetting of locations for nuclear
plants, environmental reviews to upgrade power plants and refineries that could be streamlined or eliminated to help industry find more oil and gas and produce more electricity and gasoline."
The Times account continued:
as President Bush's predictions have been born out, the article quoted
from that most sage of Democrats, former President Jimmy Carter:
Bush talked not only of blackouts but of blackmail, raising the specter
of a future in which the United States is increasingly vulnerable to
foreign oil suppliers...Mr. Bush was praised by many groups for laying
out a long-term energy policy. His report contained 105 initiatives..."
But, as a later Times article notes,
"the president's ambitious policy quickly became a casualty of energy
politics and, notably, harsh criticism from Democrats enraged by the
way the White House had created the plan."
supplies are adequate and reasonably stable, price fluctuations are
cyclical, reserves are plentiful," he (Carter) argued. Mr. Carter said
"exaggerated claims seem designed to promote some long-frustrated
ambitions of the oil industry at the expense of environmental quality."
other words, Democrats refused the President's plea to "break free of
the traditional antagonism between energy producers and environmental
Remember that the next time you pull up to the pump ... or the voter's booth.
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