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Speculation Scapegoat: Dems See Another Explanation For High Gas Prices Go Up in Smoke

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Speculation Scapegoat: Dems See Another Explanation For High Gas Prices Go Up in Smoke

Congressman John Boehner
March 7, 2012

With gas prices rising higher and faster than ever, Democrats are firmly on the defensive, trying to deflect blame by calling for action on alleged energy speculation.  Its another hollow talking point, given that government investigations have consistently shown that the speculation scapegoat is not whats driving up pain at the pump.  Heres what several independent investigations have already concluded about the cause of rising gas prices: 

Democrats’ finger-pointing is nothing new.  Last year, following President Obamas announcement that he was forming a task force to investigate gas prices, a CNN report said the president was taking a page from the rhetorical playbook politicians have used for years when gas prices go up, calling for investigations that dont lead anywhere andpoliticians know itThats just I want to pretend Im doing something even though Im doing nothing, said Amy Myers Jaffe, director of the Energy Forum at the Baker Institute for Public Policy at Rice University in Houston.

Sure enough, in the year since the president’s announcement, the task force met only a handful of times and has never reported to the public.

If Democrats are really searching for the culprit behind skyrocketing gas prices, they need look no further than the failed Obama administration policies that have blocked more American energy production and stopped more than 800,000 barrels of oil a day from flowing to U.S refineries via the Keystone XL pipeline – not to mention the onslaught of excessive regulations that are driving up costs and destroying jobs by putting energy producers out of business

According to a recent CBS News survey, sixty-seven percent of Americans say high gas prices have caused a financial hardship in their households.  Economists warn that high gas prices could be the tipping point that brings on a new economic downturn.  Yet, with no relief in sight, Democrats are offering nothing more than smoke-and-mirrors political gimmicks that will do nothing to bring down prices or protect American jobs. 

Republicans, on the other hand, have passed several American Energy Initiative bills to boost energy production, address rising gas prices and create jobs.  Senate Democrats are sitting on these, and nearly 30 other bipartisan, House-passed jobs bills they refuse to bring to a vote.  Congressman Boehner wrote to President Obama last week urging him to back Republicans push for an all-of-the-above energy policy that he claims to support.  With gas prices heading toward $4 per gallon, its time for President Obama to urge Senate Democrats to pass these criticalAmerican Energy Initiative bills so they can be enacted into law without further delay.  Learn more:facebook.com/americanenergy.

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