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Blunt Comments On Trucker Protest Against Outrageous Fuel Prices April 30, 2008

Posted by Daniel Downs in Congress, economy, energy, news, oil production, politics, transportation, United States.
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House Republican Whip Roy Blunt (Mo.) issued the following statement as truck drivers traveled to Washington, D.C., for a scheduled rally to protest the prohibitive cost of diesel fuel, which has spiked by nearly $1.30 a gallon since Speaker Pelosi promised the American people a “commonsense plan” to rein in energy prices two years ago:

The hundreds of truckers, whose very livelihoods depend on access to affordable fuel, in Washington represent the frustration of every American paying more than $4 a gallon for diesel and almost that much for gas. Republicans have heard their demands for action, and it’s long-past time for this Democratic Congress to recognize the pain caused by the Pelosi Premium – a premium that is single-handedly diverting billions of dollars a day from the American economy.

In an Associated Press story, Sen. Schumer said, “Unless the administration gets OPEC to increase oil supply, American consumers are going to be in for a scorching summer of $4 gasoline with no relief in sight.”

Blunt rightly criticizes the Democrats position represented by Schumer and Pelosi. While demanding OPEC produce more oil to bring prices down, Democrats continue to reject increased domestic oil production.

Republicans are ready to address this problem, and have been for some time, but the best the Democratic leadership has done is play political hot-potato with the issue, while demanding that OPEC produce more – increasing our dependence on foreign oil – while simultaneously blocking energy production here at home.

House Republicans “believe that any energy plan worth its salt must contain a legitimate supply component – developing conventional sources of energy, along with renewables, nuclear, and coal to liquids. Sadly, that’s a platform that has been roundly rejected by Democratic leaders – claiming on one hand they’ve got a ‘commonsense plan’ to rein in prices, but refusing to even consider unlocking additional reserves of energy on the other,” according to Blunt.

How do Democrats think they will get OPEC to lower prices? Are they colluding with the Islamic and economic jihadists in hopes the next president will be one of their own, or are they attempting to make the president look bad because the jihadists are actually opposing the Congress’ public policy as carried out by Pres. Bush?

I agree with Blunt’s statement: “It’s time that Congress passes an energy bill that actually produces energy so we can confront an issue that is directly hurting the American people and our economy.” Its policy should also openly confront the economic backlash of empire redux.

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