The Logic Lifeline

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Saturday, October 08, 2005

Dems prove once again they are to blame for high fuel prices

The GOP has introduced an energy bill designed to encourage the building of new refineries. True to form the Dems have rebuffed the measure basically claiming it will increase profits of oil companies and harm the environment. It is without argument that in order to lower gas prices, there needs to be more of it on the market. As China multiplies its need of fuel and the US need for fuel steadily grows, the laws of supply and demand kick in. While liberals want to turn to their tired tricks of freezing prices (which as we saw in the California power crisis only causes shortages), the GOP is proposing the only solution that will work.

More gas needs to be refined. In order to achieve that, more refineries must be built. Whether the refineries are here, or in another country, the effect on the environment will be the same. If the refineries are here, we will reap the benefit of local refining instead of shipping refined fuel into the US. If we do not build more refineries, then by looking outside the US for refined fuel, we add another layer of dependency on foreign fuel sources which places our national security and economy in danger.

Our senator from Illinois, Dick Durbin actually for once had a good idea recently. We currently have a strategic oil reserve. He wants to create a similar reserve for refined fuel for the same reasons the oil reserve was created. I must say this makes perfect sense and fully support it. Why, then do not Durbin and other Democrats unite the creation of the refined fuel reserve with an initiative to build more refineries. This could be a bipartisan measure for the good of the country and they are passing it up to spite oil companies and to kiss the ring of their special interest groups. Come on Dems, I have kudos here for the asking if you do the right thing!


  • At 2:57 AM, Blogger surrealamerica said…

    The way in which the Republican leadership got this bill passed is just wrong, regardless of the contents of the bill.

  • At 9:04 AM, Blogger All_I_Can_Stands said…

    The Dems did this all the time when they were the majority. One hour? I would hardly call this democracy breaking down. Shame on those who voted against the people of this country, their livelihoods and opportunity. I can't believe they can look at their constituents paying $3 a gallon and vote against this.

    These high prices due to runaway environmentalism are most affecting who the Dems claim to stand for - the little guy.

    Anyway, thanks for commenting and I hope you come back!


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