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Get Off Your Gas! Drill and Vote (Part 1)

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Since Jan. 1, the price of gas has soared 45 cents a gallon — the highest on record for this time of year. AAA reported this past week that the national average of unleaded gasoline climbed from Feb. 28's $3.71 per gallon to March 2's $3.73 per gallon and then up again to $3.76 per gallon over the weekend — the 25th straight increase in the past month.

According to The Associated Press, the nationwide price of gas is expected to reach $4.25 by the end of April. But in many cities across the nation, people don't have to wait for April showers to bring May's misfortunes.

Consider what gas prices are right now in just these few cities: Los Angeles, $4.33; San Francisco, $4.35; Honolulu, $4.20; Anchorage, Alaska, $3.99; New York, $3.99; Medford, Ore., $3.98; Seattle, $3.96; Bridgeport, Conn., $3.96. In my wife's hometown in California, gas is already a staggering $4.59 a gallon for regular. (By the way, the average price for regular gas when President Barack Obama took office, in January 2009, was $1.79. But who's counting?)

And the reason for soaring gas prices? According to The Christian Science Monitor, Obama — instead of admitting to a string of mea culpas — is "blaming recent increases on a mix of factors beyond his control, including tensions with Iran, hot demand from China, India and other emerging economies, and Wall Street speculators taking advantage of the uncertainty."

Obama's Democratic cronies and his mainstream media minions are trying to come to his aid by saying that the rise in gas prices is "really complicated," with "no one person ... to blame for pricing."

Yet Forbes ran recent articles saying that the "primary reason" for the spike in oil prices is "the dollar has lost value" and that the Fed has announced an explicit goal "to devalue the dollar by 33 percent over the next 20 years."

But the Obama administration doesn't bear any responsibility in the spike of gas prices? This administration is a crashing currency culprit via its disastrous recovery plan — borrowing astronomical amounts of money from countries with which we are already in vassalage relationships (such as China), bailing out corporations that should have gone bankrupt, bamboozling the American public with Obamacare, and placing our posterity in bondage with more than $15 trillion of national debt.

And what about Obama's further oil restrictions, regulations and intentional avoidances to increase petroleum production and supplies here in the U.S.? The fact is, as U.S. News & World Report noted, "even tiny disruptions to supply can cause a spike in prices when consumers fill their gas tanks."

Secretary of Energy Steven Chu confessed in February 2011 to Chris Wallace, host of "Fox News Sunday," "The price of gasoline over the long haul should be expected to go up just because of supply and demand issues." So therefore, couldn't the price likewise go down if U.S.

production were increased?

In November, Bloomberg Businessweek reported that "unlocking vast reserves of shale gas could solve the energy crisis, the jobs crisis, and the deficit."

Proof again came just last week, when a three-university study revealed that drilling into Ohio's Utica shale will create more than 65,000 jobs and $9.6 billion of related economic development by 2014, according to the Akron Beacon Journal.

Increasing U.S. production of petroleum-based energy (not restricting and reducing it, as Obama's administration has done) is key not only to lowering our gas prices but also to restoring our economy. And that is exactly what former speaker of the House and current GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is proposing.

Gingrich's plan? It is the polar opposite of Obama's. Newt is ready on day one of his presidency to begin to expand leasing of federal lands for oil and gas development, condense regulations to make it easier for companies to build new extraction sites, tap more shale reservoirs, start building the Keystone XL pipeline, release (at least some of) the oil in the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve (as even some congressional Democrats have advocated), replace the Environmental Protection Agency with a new, economically rational Environmental Solutions Agency, and tell the Iranians to take a flying leap across the Strait of Hormuz.

With these bold solutions, America would end our dependency on foreign oil, reduce the cost of gas, increase millions of domestic American jobs, and bring in billions of dollars of new revenue for the U.S. by becoming one of the largest global exporters of various fuels.

You can review many more details of Newt's energy-, economy- and job-building plan by watching his 30-minute address at http://bit.ly/xcKGuT.

I believe that what we need this week of Super Tuesday is a super energy solution, and only Newt has the bold solutions that would actually change Washington, restore our republic, and offer us economic answers that would add millions of jobs and even could lower gas to $2.50 a gallon.

Don't misunderstand me. My endorsing Newt and his strategies is not my saying that I agree with every decision he ever has made (because I don't). Conservative columnist Thomas Sowell (who is also a Newt supporter) said last week, "Does Gingrich have political 'baggage'? More than you could carry on a commercial airliner."

But Sowell and I (and many other conservatives, including former GOP presidential candidates Rick Perry and Herman Cain) also believe that Newt's the only real Reagan conservative left on the battlefield who has the experience, strategy and staying power to bring real change to Washington.

If you are ready for that real change — if you want to stabilize our economy, restore our republic and lower gas prices simultaneously — then shout it out to Washington and the nation: "Get off your gas! Drill and vote."

Next week, I'll give further evidence of how the Obama administration is covering up the real reason it's not intervening while Americans are being gouged at the pump.

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Thanks again, Chuck but I trust that these exploratory energy solutions don't involve gas fracking, which in this country and the US is leading to major environmental problems - as I believe that Isaiah 24:5 warns, again for basically disobeying God's laws. "The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant."
Comment: #1
Posted by: Alan O'Reilly
Tue Mar 6, 2012 7:01 AM
I agree with most of Chucks points here, but I don't think we should use the strategic oil reserve to temporarily aleviate gas prices. That oil should be used for a real emergency, not cause Joe Shmuck keeps complaining that it takes $80 to fill his ford explorer.
Comment: #2
Posted by: Chris McCoy
Tue Mar 6, 2012 7:12 AM
You're such a dip! Drill all you want, it's not going to change the price of gas @ the pump or anywhere else. Without refineries what're you going to do with that oil? Oh, I know, build more refineries so that 20 years later we're still fossil fuel whores. No thanks. Obama is right on this one.

We are not only drilling more oil, we're also exporting oil because we don't have the pipeline infrastructure to get it to the East Coast so they have to import. Read and watch the real freaking news now and then and get an education!
Comment: #3
Posted by: demecra zydeem
Tue Mar 6, 2012 8:14 AM
AND A CHICKEN IN EVERY POT! Where will the Keystone pipeline go? To the gulf coast. The oil companies have no intention of lowering your gas prices with that oil. They plan to sell it in the WORLD OIL MARKET. Supply and demand control prices? Yes, but the demand is world demand. We are currently EXPORTING gasoline. Why? Because the gas sells for more elsewhere. That's correct. This excess supply could be lowering your gas prices, but the oil companies are exporting it instead. Does Gingrich intend to prevent the exportation of gas? Of course not.
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Chris is quite correct in his observation about the oil reserves. Yes, we could dump the oil reserve into the world market and cause a brief price dip in prices at the expense of being exposed the full forced force of the next real crisis. That he would suggest such a foolish, short-sighted is a sign of how little substance is to be found in Gingrich's position.
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Allen,
I know from your previous comments that you are very likely to vote for the GOP candidate. However, if environmental issues are important to you, you might want to reconsider. The “drill baby drill” republicans would drill through Lincoln's grave if they thought it would yield a buck for the oil companies. Unfortunately, the environmentalism of Richard Nixon is long gone from the party. Example: Climate change. The science is quite cle ar on this matter. How to respond effectively is the policy challenge. The GOP candidates, however, have taken positions endorsing ignorance. As Daniel Patrick Moynihan famously said, “You are entitled to your own opinion, but you are not entitled to your own facts”.
Comment: #4
Posted by: Mark
Tue Mar 6, 2012 10:01 AM
Notice that Chuck seems to think that, under the magic of the Newt plan, "uncertainties with Iran" will not be a problem for gas prices! Newt is one of the leading voices of the WAR PARTY (Pat Buchanan's term) demanding that we attack Iran. Remember, the oil market is a WORLD MARKET. It does not matter if we stop ALL importation from the gulf to the U.S. If Newt gets his war and supplies from the gulf are disrupted for even a few months, the WORLD PRICE of gas will sky rocket. Chevron is not, under those circumstances, going to sell you gas for your pickup at $2.50 a gallon when they could sell it in Japan or Europe for $10 a gallon. Newt is not a fool. He knows this. He is just hoping that the average voter doesn't catch on until after the election. Newt's enablers, such as Chuck, also know this and are hoping you don't look too closely at the details of the presented cheap gas fantasy. Don't be fooled by GOP war BS. Remember how we were going to use the oil in Iraq to pay for the war? So how did that work out?
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And exactly what does the GOP have to say about developing alternative energy sources so we can be more insulated from world oil market spikes? Drill, baby, drill. We can do better.
Comment: #5
Posted by: Mark
Tue Mar 6, 2012 12:16 PM
@Mark..Loved your use of the Moynihan quote and greatly appreciate your intelligent, informative comments explaining the propensity of the Republican GOP to support more and more "drilling" and the reality that all that drilling benefits only Wall Street Speculators and those in the oil industry (think Koch brothers just as a start). You know, those who buy politicians and votes and sell lies and confusion. I wonder if Chuckie is obtuse and ill-informed, but I doubt it. At his level he's more than aware of the truth or finding the truth; that makes him more the puppet of the GOP. Either way, his opinion carries no weight except to the uninformed. Reality is, if they drill baby drill , WE...you and me CAN'T take it to the bank. THEY can and will. Besides, drilling for more oil is so 1900's.
Comment: #6
Posted by: demecra zydeem
Tue Mar 6, 2012 1:29 PM
Chuck,

I am not sure about your timing here as far as your description of Newt's programs if he gets into office. He is obviously going to have 4 to 5 flights per day to the new state on the moon, the 51st state, Newtlandia, will these flights take advantage of the $1.00 gas that he will have in place for us on his first day in office? I think it is great that such a big thinker is probably going to win the presidency and that he has educated, informed celebrities like you backing him. Did most of your political knowledge come to you when you were using that exercise machine with Christie Brinkley? Should I buy one? Will it help me be more informed about politics?

Good job, if Newt wins, should I buy a Ford 250,1997? With the double gas tank? gas will be so cheap, it would be a great truck if we had a President who knew what he was doing.
Comment: #7
Posted by: Bloom Hilda
Tue Mar 6, 2012 2:32 PM
Re: Bloom Hilda: I guess he has that biblical story about fish or bread or something lasting and lasting beyond all belief until everyone was fed. Like oil and gas will do the same thing. It's all running out. There's only so much.

True conservatives are supposed to say don't put off until tomorrow what we can do today, but these phonies have, in Orwellian fashion, done the 180: let's not take care of business today if we can put it off until tomorrow--let our kids and their kids and theirs and theirs worry about it all later.

Who cares if it's too late then, we're sucking money out of the planet now, having a high old time, and living for the moment. Tra-la-la-la-la-la live for today, as the old 60's song goes.
Comment: #8
Posted by: Masako
Tue Mar 6, 2012 8:50 PM
Masako, you sound like a guy who drives a fuel efficent car and shakes his head whenever an escalade drives by. We have that in common. After Newts beatdown on super tuesday, hopefully this will be Chucks last pro-Newt article. Chuck doesn't need to follow him down this road or else it'll be Return of the Dragon part 2.
Comment: #9
Posted by: Chris McCoy
Wed Mar 7, 2012 7:01 AM
Right Chris, I'll bet the only reason Chuck was hanging in there, still promoting Newt, even though Newt was clearly a major loser a while ago, is that Chuck probably spent some money in Newt's campaign and wanted to see his investment take hold. Sorry Chuck, I think you bet on a losing hag. The best bet to parlay some earnings is Obama.
Comment: #10
Posted by: Bloom Hilda
Wed Mar 7, 2012 8:37 AM
No need to pump money into Obamas campaign. Wall Street, banks, and green energy is doing that for him. Only after the donation, the green companies go belly up.
Comment: #11
Posted by: Chris McCoy
Wed Mar 7, 2012 9:03 AM
Re: Chris McCoy

Let's hope that there is a huge search for green energy answers, how much oil do you think is in this small planet. There are so many places to drill. Solyndra was a mistake, that doesn't mean you stop researching and investing. Oil will dry up sooner than you think.

Comment: #12
Posted by: Bloom Hilda
Wed Mar 7, 2012 2:40 PM
Chris,
Obama's wall street money has mostly dried up. Their money is now going to Romney. They know their friends. (Don't bet on this man to look out for the middle class.) Interesting interview on the green investments recently on Terry Gross's "Fresh Air". (npr.org/2012/02/02/146280685/clean-tech-industry-facing-lean-times-after-solyndra
(The GOP version of the story does not match the facts.) Alternative energy is vital if we are to better isolate our economy from the spikes of world oil markets. The details of how are worth debating.
Comment: #13
Posted by: Mark
Wed Mar 7, 2012 7:07 PM
Big oil has killed every viable alternative energy source for decades. They are too powerful. I fully believe all the relevant energy information is not being reported on in the news, but rather taking place in backrooms. You can't beat big oil, or big pharm for that matter.
Comment: #14
Posted by: Chris McCoy
Thu Mar 8, 2012 6:57 AM
@Chris McCoy...sure you can, we can. Your mindset that they can't be beaten means you drank the Koolade. They want you to think that. If you do, they win.
Think about the Industrial Revolution with the transition away from an agricultural-based economy and towards machine-based manufacturing. Contrary to what you may find at first glance, it was not a revolution and did not happen quickly. It evolved slowly with much trial & error while the great agricultural land barons were betting and plotting against it. We know what happened to them, right? Eventually, they transitioned because the forward momentum gets to a place where it just can't be resisted anymore. We're just not there yet, but we are heading in the right direction under Obama's alternative energies policies.
Today is just like any other day, we are transitioning and just like when you make a move from one house to another, your old home and new home is in complete chaos until all the packing and unpacking, moving and settling in occurs.
It's an interesting time to be alive.
Comment: #15
Posted by: demecra zydeem
Thu Mar 8, 2012 7:44 AM
Theres being optomistic, and then there is being realistic. Lets look at Obamas alternative energy. Most solar companies he's loan to have failed. We drowned in the koolade a long time ago. We can get out of big oils control about as much as we can get money out of politics. Mainly becuase thats the connecting factor. I've heard about the bio-fuel from algae and the technology is incredable. It could easily put us on a course to engergy independance. But it won't go anywhere. Someone will stop it. Just look at the BS reasons cars can't get more fuel efficant. They'll be too light, it'll be a bloodbath, they say. What garbage. So what do we have instead? Have the cars on the road are gas guzzling trucks and SUVs. By design.
Comment: #16
Posted by: Chris McCoy
Thu Mar 8, 2012 9:13 AM
For more on the wonders of the Keystone Pipeline, check out that well known leftist screed, The Christian Science Monitor: www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2012/0309/Inside-the-Keystone-pipeline-How-much-would-it-really-help-US-consumers
If you live in the midwest, you might want to pay particular attention to the bit about how the Canadians are looking to use the new pipe to solve the current "over supply problem" in your region. It seems that because the current pipe ends in Oklahoma, they are not able to charge the folks in the midwest the full world market price. But don't worry. If Newt becomes president, they will fix that "oversupply" problem by shipping the oil out of the country, giving you to opportunity to enjoy world market prices. We can do better.
Comment: #17
Posted by: Mark
Sat Mar 10, 2012 8:19 AM
Everyone is so partisan these days. The captain and crew have loaded all the goods on their personal life boats and are getting ready to abandon ship while all you passengers are up on the main deck fighting about whose fault it is the ship is sinking.
Comment: #18
Posted by: Usedtobefree
Thu Mar 22, 2012 12:17 PM
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