I just have one question to ask; how much is too much? Unleaded gas in some parts of Indiana is over $4.00 a gallon.
“It is painful. It is painful,” said Fischbach, 44, Marion, who paid $4.08 for unleaded regular at Kroger on West 38th Street near Moller Road. - The Indy Star
The cost of a barrel of oil is over $120 and has been as high as $130 in recent weeks. Democrats took over congress in 2006 with a promise to the end of the war and declining gas prices. Shockingly to no one (except for probably Democrats) you’ve failed to accomplish ending the war or lowering gas prices.
For most Republicans, the War is not a major voting issue this November, but for the vast majority of the voting electorate gas prices are. Republicans have been championing drilling in different parts of our nation, such as ANWR and off the Straits of Florida for years. Congressman Steve Buyer has even offered a new proposal to the energy crisis, which Democrats immediately ridiculed. But other than claiming that they’re saving the “pristineness” of a barren and desolate area in ANWR, they’ve also said that it would take 10 years to get produce oil from ANWR. Well guess what? You’ve been saying that for 1O YEARS And you still have no new ideas! Even Jay Leno is making fun of you for it!
To top it off, we can’t drill in Straits of Florida, but you know who can? China! They worked out a deal with Cuba to begin drilling for oil in our backyard! Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m all for research and development of alternative energy sources, but with the rising cost of corn, milk and other foods at what point do you suck it up and say enough is enough? How high does the cost of gas have to get till something is done? $5, $10, $20 a gallon? $200 - $300 for a barrel oil?
Indiana has been at the forefront in the search for alternative energy sources, but while preparing for the future, shouldn’t we also secure the present?
I will close this by saying, I know the man made global warming argument is one that is used against new drilling. While I find man made global warming to be less of a problem than AlGore and his mad cadre of scientists would like to make it, you should ask yourself, how is Jupiter going through worse climate change than earth is when they don’t have any human life?
And just for a little bit of extra reading:
In just one year. Remember the election in 2006? Thought you might like to read the following:
A little over one year ago:
1) Consumer confidence stood at a 2 1/2 year high;
2) Regular gasoline sold for $2.19 a gallon;
3) The unemployment rate was 4.5%.
Since voting in a Democratic Congress in 2006 we have seen:
1) Consumer confidence plummet;
2) The cost of regular gasoline soar to over $3.50 a gallon;
3) Unemployment is up to 5% (a 10% increase);
4) American households have seen $2.3 trillion in equity value evaporate (stock and mutual fund losses);
5) Americans have seen their home equity drop by $1.2 trillion dollars;
6) 1% of American homes are in foreclosure.
America voted for change in 2006, and we got it!