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  • Blunt Makes Push to Lower Gas Prices

    Finally some good news coming out of Washington:

    “Southwest Missouri Congressman Roy Blunt today reintroduced legislation, the Boutique Fuel Reduction Act of 2009, to lower gas prices by simplifying our nation’s increasingly complex gasoline supply.”

    Boutique fuels are “specialized blends produced for a specific state or area of the country to meet state and local air quality requirements. These unique fuels present serious challenges to the fuel distribution system and, especially in times of disruption, may have the potential to result in local supply shortages.”

    Congressman Blunt remarked,

    “Current mandates require special blends of gas from state to state or city to city. This complicates the supply chain and often causes unexpected price hikes if that boutique blend is in short supply.”

    While gas prices have fallen dramatically since August, Obama’s energy team may have plans in store to raise it above its record levels. Despite the fact that Congressional restrictions on energy leasing in 85 percent of America’s territorial waters, which contain an estimated 19 billion barrels of oil and 84 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, were allowed to lapse in October, Obama’s nominee for secretary of the interior, Sen. Ken Salazar, D-Colo.,

    “was on record as opposing lifting the offshore moratorium even if gasoline were to reach $10 a gallon. The Interior Department runs the federal energy-leasing programs. As secretary, Salazar would have the power to slow such leasing to a crawl, with or without the help of Congress.”

    Furthermore, Steven Chu, nominee for energy secretary, wants to increase gasoline taxes so American prices will reach European levels.

    Congressman Blunt’s legislation offers some encouraging news that will help consumers in what could be a challenging four years on the energy front and what could be a nightmare for drivers.

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    9 Responses to Blunt Makes Push to Lower Gas Prices

    1. Gloria Bacile says:

      If the Constitution is for "We The People", where are our Rights to "shut this Government down". How can I as a Consevative, repel their initatives? How can the upcoming Democratic Power, remove us from Our Constitutional Rights? Where are the Check and Balances to assure the American "Sheeple", "We are one Nation under God" and we will stand Firm!. Lord give us back out Country.

    2. Kevin, MN says:

      "…wants to increase gasoline taxes so American prices will reach European levels."

      When Americans have an alternative to the Internal Combustion Engine (ICE), then I can see this as a great incentive. Until then, it will not help our economy recover. Transportation must evolve to pure electrics for commuting and hybrid for longer trips. They are just around the corner: Aptera, Think Nordic (if they can find funding), Commuter Cars Tango (funding), Tesla (if they can make it cheaper so the rest of us can afford it), etc. An all electric will reduce your (equivalent) cost at the pump to about 40 cents/gallon. With electrics we can get off of foreign oil, if that is still a worthy goal. Seems to me with oil shale deposits in US capable of sustaining all current US domestic transportation needs for ICE engines (both diesel and gasoline) for 200 years at current 2009 levels, we have made so little progress toward using it, that it brings into question if the quip of moving off of foreign oil is really that much of a priority. And we've known this for 10? 20? years. And BP(?) figured out how to mine it in an environmentally friendly way, so what's our excuse?

    3. David Venner, SoqueL says:

      We the People of the United States of America—–

      NEED TO TAKE BACK OUR GOVERNMENT NOW————–

      A MASSIVE DEMONSTRATION IS NEEDED IN D.C.———

      BLOCK ALL THE ENTRANCES AND EXITS AND PREPARE TO BE BEATEN AND TO BE ARRESTED———————-

      DO NOT HARM OTHERS, BUT EXPECT TO BE HARMED BY POLICE AND OTHER OFFICALS————————-

      MAKE SIGNS AND BANNERS —————————

      THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED MUST TAKE OUR COUNTRY BACK———————————————-

    4. Thomas Gray South Ca says:

      If we think of the U.S. as the buddywiser beer wagon and the various energy sources as the team of horses pulling our country and our economy into the future, the oil supply problem can be grouped as it should with our other energy sources.

      Some horses are big and strong and can and are pulling very hard, some are smaller and can only pull according to their limits like hydro electric generation, some are going to pull for a very long time like coal, hydro, nuclear, solar, wind.

      Some of the strongest are soon going to start losing their strength due to depletion and these are NG and oil, the consumption levels of these two fuels insures that these are going to be the first horses that are going to become unavailable and long before that unaffordable.

      I'm not certain of why but I am certain of what the anti energy activist are trying to do and that is, even while the two horses of nuclear and coal are currently pulling very hard these socialenvron activist are trying to disconnect these two from the team.

      If they succeed they will only cause the economy to decline severely, there will be no economic recovery by trying to replace two very strong horses nuclear and coal with two very weak horses, solar and wind.

      That said I do agree with the true environmentalist as we turned away from oil as an energy source for electricity we must also turn away from oil as a transportation fuel and let it be used for industry. The U.S. must be ready and able to drill for known oil deposits to maintain national security energy resources.

    5. Mike Sheahen, Hickor says:

      We don't actually believe the Leftists/government elitists controlling Congress will actually allow passage of any such legislation, even "reintroduced" as it is, do we?

      Let us hope we know better, or else we really are "lambs to the slaughter"!

      Once again, the only hope we have of repairing and recovering from any of the coming Leftist/Socialist damage and disaster is through the elections of 2010 and 2012.

      Meanwhile, since even Comrade Obama has already said "Under my plan, energy costs will necessarily skyrocket", and, given his "nominees" for such as "energy posts", (who will no doubt be "Confirmed" by his allies in Congress), all we can do is mentally prepare ourselves for such as $10.00, $13.00 (or more) per gallon fuel, and hope shoe prices aren't also driven up too far for too many of us to walk everwhere, including to work and back, since even "commuter bus and train fare" will thus also "skyrocket" because of "energy costs" under the Democrats' plans.

    6. Mike Sheahen, Hickor says:

      We don't actually believe the Leftists/government elitists controlling Congress will actually pass any such legislation, even "reintroduced" as it is, do we?

      Let us hope we know better, or else we really are "lambs to the slaughter"!

      Once again, the only hope we have of repairing and recovering from any of the coming Leftist/Socialist damage and disaster is through the elections of 2010 and 2012.

      Meanwhile, since even Comrade Obama has already said "Under my plan, energy costs will necessarily skyrocket", and, given his "nominees" for such as "energy posts", (who will no doubt be "Confirmed" by his allies in Congress), all we can do is mentally prepare ourselves for such as $10.00, $13.00 (or more) per gallon fuel, and hope shoe prices aren't also driven up too far for too many of us to walk everywhere, including to work and back, since even "commuter bus and train fare" will also "skyrocket" because of "energy costs" under the Democrats' plans.

    7. Marshall Hill-Michig says:

      How to undermine a Nation from within is a subject

      of many books,which now can come to Life!

    8. Thomas Gray South Ca says:

      Mr, Kevin Hasset, of the American Enterprise Institute, said he believes government spending is out of control.

      I think our new president has a financial problem. Tell the banks to give back the money we gave them that is sitting in their accounts, cancel any planned stimulus handouts. or the money will fail. reality rules. If everybody wants to wait and do nothing until it happens we deserve what we get.

    9. Messiah Irwin says:

      "And he said to the boy, Go and get the arrow I let loose from my bow. And while the boy was running, he sent an arrow past him." (1 Samuel, 20, 36).

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