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Wilson: “All we have heard from the other side of the aisle is who should be blamed for high gas prices – no solutions just excuses.”

July 11, 2008

Wilson: “All we have heard from the other side of the aisle is who should be blamed for high gas prices – no solutions just excuses.”

WASHINGTON – Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement today after the House of Representatives, under the Democrat majority leadership, adjourned for another week having failed to take up commonsense legislation to lower the price of gasoline.

“Why, when over 70 percent of the American people are demanding we explore for more American oil instead of sending billions of American dollars overseas to buy foreign oil, does the Democrat leadership in the House refuse to act?  Why did the House of Representatives adjourn today without doing one thing this week to address rising energy prices?  These are important questions, and the American people deserve answers.

“With gas prices at a national average of over four dollars per gallon, the American people are feeling the pinch in their family budgets, and they expect their government to have a plan.  Right now, only House Republicans are offering a comprehensive strategy to put this nation back on a solid energy foundation.  It is an all-of-the-above strategy of exploration, innovation, and conservation.  We want to first and foremost end our dependence on foreign oil.  We want to invest in alternative energy, and we want to promote conservation.

“The only thing standing between moving forward with increasing American energy and the Republican strategy to invest in energy exploration and alternative production is the House Democrat leadership.  All we have heard from the other side of the aisle is who should be blamed for high gas prices – no solutions just excuses.”

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  1. July 14, 2008 6:34 am

    I think I have it straight. Republican colleagues Senator Jim DeMint and Lt Governor Andre Bauer think if we drill for oil along our beaches and in our national wildlife refuges, our gasoline prices will go down. However, let’s consider some facts:

    The U.S. uses abut 8 billion barrels of crude oil each year, about 70% of it imported from foreign countries. Over a 30 year period, that’s about 240 billion barrels of crude oil. It’s estimated there are about 21 billion barrels of crude oil in the Artic National Wildlife Refuge and along our shores. Use of the total oil reserves along our beaches and in our wildlife refuges represents less than 9 % of the total consumption over 30 years which would not be restricted to use in the U.S. and which would be sold to the global market place.

    Why should any sane person believe that drilling here and drilling now would lower our gasoline prices? Increasing development of alternative energy sources, conserving more, and being more efficient would probably reduce our consumption by 30% and do it faster. Just enforcing speed limits on the interstates would be more effective.

    One thing drilling here and drilling now would do is make a few wealthy folks richer but any benefit to the average American is unlikely compared to other actions our so called leaders could take. The people who would make money from this are evidently pushing this idea.

    While disappointed in DeMint and Bauer, I’m glad to see all of our Representatives have not bought into this political scam. I expect better from Andre Bauer, but I’m not surprised at DeMint. He just follows the Washington Mantra. Doesn’t he just want to be like Jesse Helms?

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