Politicians puffed up today in Washington over gas prices, each side with their own canned hyperbole-laden talking points at the ready. My pick of the day is House chairman of the Appropriations Committee, Rep. David Obey’s statements :
“This is a con job,” he said. “It’s a diversion. These guys ought to be given a Mandrake the Magician permanent title, for pretending that this has anything to do with solving gas prices today.”
Explaining his decision to call off the hearing, he said: “We can spend our time on real things or we can spend it in a playpen with Jerry Lewis. The latter does not interest me.”
Democrats’ “use it or lose it” failed this time around – it needed 2/3rds given hopes for expedited passage. Republicans are wildly attempting to use the same tired approach, beating the oil out of the public environmental interest, resting such hopes on framing high priced gasoline as the fault of environmentalists and public lands advocates:
Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, New Energy Plan Introduced to Reduce Cost of Gasoline Right Side News
Unfortunately, Democrats and environmental activists have pursued a strategy to shift the focus from the real issue of increasing domestic supply to issues that won’t bring down the price of gas.
This is remarkably similar language I listened to the other day on a local news report, the kind of report where the affiliate station sells time on the broadcast for an Oil & Gas representative to act as a newscaster decrying “radical” environmentalists as at blame for American’s woes at the pump. It’s just not true, but that doesn’t mean the public won’t be impressed by the vast resources being pumped into the illusion.
They’re blitzing every angle to gain access to our public lands and to associate environmentalism and wildlife advocacy with high gas prices – a framing that will shroud what is now a conspicuous illustration of the economic vulnerability of fossil fuel energy dependency.
A welcome reprieve :
More Drilling Extends National Addiction to Oil; Will Not Save Americans Money at the Pump Union of Concerned Scientists