Posts tagged ‘gas prices’

September 8, 2008

House Democrats to yield on offshore drilling

by thoughtfulconservative

Via TheHill.com

Should the Democratic bill contain language lifting the ban on offshore drilling, it will mark a dramatic shift since July, when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was adamant in refusing to allow her chamber to vote on any offshore drilling proposal.

Which, it seems, they will do,

House Democrats are ready to propose an expansion of offshore drilling as part of a broader energy bill  they plan to introduce this month, according to a top Democrat.

The reason is clear.

August 11, Rasmussen–64% Now Support Offshore Drilling; 42% See it as Best Way to Reduce Oil Prices

July 30, CNN–Americans favor offshore drilling

In fact poll after poll saying basically the same thing, even in Florida and California, makes it obvious that the house Democrats heard from their constituents.

But maybe they’re not being completely honest. Via Dad29 comes this,

Human Events (8/25) in Capital Briefs, reports:

According to (D) leadership sources….Pelosi is insisting on adding numerous poison pills to energy legislation she is drafting. [The bill] is designed to immunize [House democrats]..

…it would include, among other things, a “renewable portfolio standard” …[an] anti-coal provision …require utilities to produce 15% of their power from wind, solar, and other renewable sources by 2020…

….also wants to eliminate various tax incentives for oil companies–a provision which would make gasoline more expensive…

We’ll see when Congress gets back in session.

August 28, 2008

Fill ‘er up!

by thoughtfulconservative

From Yahoo! News

Drivers might want to top off their tanks early before hitting the road for Labor Day weekend.

Consumers will likely face higher prices at the pump during the busy holiday period as Tropical Storm Gustav swirls toward the Gulf of Mexico on a path that could disrupt energy production. Any damage to oil and gas facilities — especially along the vulnerable Gulf Coast — could send retail gas prices spiking back above $4 a gallon, analysts say.

But don’t gas prices usually rise around Labor Day?

June 9, 2008

Four dollar gas

by thoughtfulconservative

Remember when we thought $3 gas was expensive?

We haven’t had to buy any $4 gas yet although we may have to before the end of the summer.

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June 7, 2008

Gas prices and the death of the SUV

by thoughtfulconservative

The Week daily asks, “Will $4 gas kill the SUV?” Everyone seems to say yes, but Dad29 has a different take.

What makes me think Dad29 is closer to the real reason is in Charles Krauthammer’s Washington Post piece noted in The Week’s summary,

At $3 a gallon, Americans just grin and bear it, suck it up and, while complaining profusely, keep driving like crazy. At $4, it is a world transformed.

Do we really think that $4 a gallon is some magic number?

No doubt, price is a reason, maybe even a major reason, but certainly not the only reason.

By the way,here in Nashville, gas prices went up about 10 cents overnight to almost $4

Don’t know what that means for every one else.

The CMA Festival is going on here, which may have something to do with it.

May 16, 2008

You go, girlfriend!

by thoughtfulconservative

From Yahoo! News

Brian LaFave couldn’t care less how high gasoline prices climb these days — he’s parked his pickup truck and is refusing to buy gas for a month, possibly longer.

“The goal is to not use one drop of gas for 31 days,” LaFave said, calling it his personal stand against the oil companies.

Now LaFave, 31, is riding his bicycle or walking everywhere he goes. He won’t even let friends pick him up unless they already planned on being in the neighborhood.

… LaFave started the effort May 11. He bikes to his third-shift job at Aldrich Chemical in Sheboygan Falls, a 9-mile commute.

More power to him. I tried biking to work a few years back when I had a commute and arrived all sweaty and yucky.

May 14, 2008

“Why pump prices need to stay high”

by thoughtfulconservative

We’ve already looked at some of the reasons oil prices are high. The Christian Science Monitor has an op/ed on why they need to stay high,

Driving less? More than two-thirds of car owners already are. It’s a natural reflex to $50-$70 tank fill-ups. But US drivers may also know it’s time to pay a price to curb global warming. That may be one reason they reject the campaign stunt of urging a holiday for the federal gas tax. [emphasis mine]

So if they reject gas tax holiday, will they resist the equally nonsensical freeze of pumping into the strategic reserves?

The Senate voted 97-1 to suspend the shipments for the rest of the year. Hours later, the House followed suit, voting 385-25 to halt the deliveries. The votes don’t compel Bush to act because the measures differ somewhat and would need to be reconciled before final congressional approval.

Still the votes were symbolic, in their strong bipartisan support, of lawmakers’ frustrations at not being able to agree on anything more substantive in response to public anger over near $4 a gallon gasoline and oil prices in the $125 a barrel range. [emphasis mine]

Sen. Pete Domenici said

…make no bones about it, this is no big energy policy. This is one little thing we can do.

Well, there’s more, bigger stuff they can do, but they don’t want to. Especially the Democrats.