Sunday, June 29, 2008

GOP "Fuel Solution:" Half A Loaf

McConnell is bragging about the recently-introduced GOP "Fuel Solution." But there's something missing from their plan, folks.

In an attempt at a bipartisan solution to high gas prices, Senate Republicans Thursday unveiled The Gas Price Reduction Act (GPRA) of 2008, which would simultaneously open the way for production of more domestic oil and reduce energy consumption overall.

As gas prices creep toward $5/gallon in most states, Democrats have nixed tapping into America’s domestic oil reserves via offshore drilling and other accessible methods.

The GPRA considers environmental concerns by excluding the option to drill in the Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) -- also opposed by Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain -- and instead proposes what Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) called a “narrowly targeted proposal…to reach out to our Democrat friends.”

The four-step plan to “find more, use less” includes the promotion of offshore drilling, oil shale exploration, utilizing plug-in electric vehicles and improving the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) with increased funding, staff and regulation.

Not a word about dropping the Corn-A-Hole mandate, arguably the single most significant driver of food-price inflation.

Therefore, under the Republican plan, you'll be able to drive to the grocery store--but only for window-shopping. Buying food? Out of the question.

No wonder they're called "The Stupid Party."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Dear Dad;
Like you told me many times when I was younger. Life is not fair.