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Which Political Party wants U.S. Gas to be so Expensive?

The price of fuel has skyrocketed twice in the last three years. The first spike was in 2008, just in time for the fall election, and the second spike is now, following the union organized insurrections that have rocked the oil-producing nations of the Middle East.

Back in 2008, Powerline summed up the facts.

ANWR Exploration

  • House Republicans: 91% Supported
  • House Democrats: 86% Opposed


Coal-to-Liquid

  • House Republicans: 97% Supported
  • House Democrats: 78% Opposed

Oil Shale Exploration

  • House Republicans: 90% Supported
  • House Democrats: 86% Opposed

Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Exploration

  • House Republicans: 81% Supported
  • House Democrats: 83% Opposed

Refinery Increased Capacity

  • House Republicans: 97% Supported
  • House Democrats: 96% Opposed

SUMMARY

  • 91% of House Republicans have historically voted to increase the production of American-made oil and gas.
  • 86% of House Democrats have historically voted against increasing the production of American-made oil and gas.

The Democrats in Congress and those who voted for them have gotten their wish. Gas is a budget buster for most families. Hybrids and used gas sippers are high priced. Motorcycles are all over the roads. SUVs and trucks are just about impossible to sell. Independent truckers are going out of business. GM is shutting down several SUV and truck plants, adding shifts at car plants, and bringing the Chevy Volt to market sooner than planned. Corn ethanol has tripled the price of corn and doubled the price of other grains, causing domino effect price increases in all foods, leading to starvation worldwide.

Frankly, I don’t see how congressional Democrats can live with the guilt for their actions.

This article was originally published on June 7, 2008. Given current gas prices it now appears prescient.

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  1. OK, your article is a good one. But your picture is a *great* one.

    And speaking of arms, legs, and firstborn, I’m reminded of my hovering motherhood. When my daughter was born, I was a typical mom, driving an ordinary small sedan. Her little car seat was in the middle of the back seat, just like they said it should be.

    But then I read an article that discussed research by an insurance institute, where they discovered that 100 pounds of steel in a vehicle did more than air bags and seat belts put together to save lives. Cars were being made lighter and lighter for fuel economy, but it was the old steel boats that protected the lives of the occupants.

    What did I do? I got out the NADA book from my drawer at the bank, looked at the weight of the vehicles and went and bought the heaviest car I could afford: a 1989 Mercury Grand Marquis. (at the time, this was a pretty new car… :-)) The only thing heavier in the car dept. was a Lincoln Town Car and they were only a few pounds bigger and several pounds more expensive.

    And I just paid for the mileage drop. And how much was it? you ask… My 4 door Ford Escort never got above 28 mpg and my Grand Marquis never got below 22. Ummmm. I’m more than happy to pay that.

    After that car came a 1992 Grand Marquis, and then came a series of one ton trucks, which I still drive. And the girl is getting her driver’s license soon. Her first car? A one ton truck.

    My slogan? No blood for oil. Give me steel for me and the little Hotchibobos.

  1. OK, your article is a good one. But your picture is a *great* one.

    And speaking of arms, legs, and firstborn, I’m reminded of my hovering motherhood. When my daughter was born, I was a typical mom, driving an ordinary small sedan. Her little car seat was in the middle of the back seat, just like they said it should be.

    But then I read an article that discussed research by an insurance institute, where they discovered that 100 pounds of steel in a vehicle did more than air bags and seat belts put together to save lives. Cars were being made lighter and lighter for fuel economy, but it was the old steel boats that protected the lives of the occupants.

    What did I do? I got out the NADA book from my drawer at the bank, looked at the weight of the vehicles and went and bought the heaviest car I could afford: a 1989 Mercury Grand Marquis. (at the time, this was a pretty new car… :-)) The only thing heavier in the car dept. was a Lincoln Town Car and they were only a few pounds bigger and several pounds more expensive.

    And I just paid for the mileage drop. And how much was it? you ask… My 4 door Ford Escort never got above 28 mpg and my Grand Marquis never got below 22. Ummmm. I’m more than happy to pay that.

    After that car came a 1992 Grand Marquis, and then came a series of one ton trucks, which I still drive. And the girl is getting her driver’s license soon. Her first car? A one ton truck.

    My slogan? No blood for oil. Give me steel for me and the little Hotchibobos.

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