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December 23, 2010

Democrat Energy Plan = High Gas!

Filed under: Uncategorized — frankaquila @ 7:08 pm

Democrat Energy Plan = High Gas !!!

During the 2006 election, the Democrats tried to link the Republican party as the cause of high gas prices. In 2006, the national average for gasoline was $2.18 per gallon and Nancy Pelosi stated on April 24, 2006 “Democrats have a commonsense plan to help bring down skyrocketing gas prices.” and “Democrats have a plan to lower gas prices.” However, since the Democrat party took control of congress in January 2007, gasoline has doubled to $4.49 per gallon. Why? The reason is as simple as supply and demand, not smoke and mirrors as the Democrats so often try to portray on the people.

Every country runs on oil, and because the United States uses more oil than it produces, we must pay the world market price for oil. We now import 65% of the oil we use from other countries. Even though we have the resource in America to be energy independent, the Democrats have blocked every effort to make this a reality.

Alaska sits on a pool of oil, which could be explored without disrupting the Artic National Wildlife Refuge. The people of Alaska overwhelmingly support this proposal. Now, the Russians have begun exploration for oil in the Artic Circle. Oil is also known to be in Utah, Colorado, and off the coast of California and Florida. Florida recently declined exploration of oil off its coast. As a result, Cuba has made a deal with China to tap into the same pool of oil 60 miles off the coast of Florida. Because China and Cuba lack the superior technology we have in America, they would benefit from our resources. However, if an oil spill did occur, they will take the oil, leaving America with the potential oil spills to clean up.

In 1995, the Republican controlled Congress passed a Congressional Bill to open a small region (ANWR) in Alaska to tap into the available oil. The Democrats protested claiming there would be no results “for 10 years”. Ultimately, the Congressional Bill was vetoed by President Clinton. Even by the Democrats own time table, America could have been energy independent of foreign oil in 2005.

As usual, the Democrats have attempted to stop our own exploration of oil in America. This has put our environment and our economy at risk because we are forced to rely upon the world for oil. Compared to other nations in the world, America has superior, environmentally-friendly technology guided with Environmental Laws to gather the resources while protecting the environment.

In 1990, the Democrat party led congress to mandated the use of cleaner burning gasoline, which forced oil companies to use the additive MTBE, for the purpose of cleaning up the air. However, this additive contaminated the drinking water.

The Democrats have also stopped all progress on any oil or gasoline refinery being built in America since the 1970’s.

Today, the Democrats still lack an energy plan, except to raise taxes on vehicles, gas and the people while mascerating the blame of high gas on the “evil” oil companies. While Big Oil made huge profits, the government made nearly four times their profit compared to Big Oil. Big Oil recieves 4% profit after expenses while the government takes 15% from the people in oil taxes for doing nothing; but the Democratic Congress had no problem passing H.R. 5351, which essentially raised the price we pay at the gas pump and gave a huge tax break to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, the dictator who hates America. Now, the Democrats want to tax our energy even more with a 25 cent increase in the State Gas Tax as well as a 50 cent increase in the Federal Gas Tax. They also want to place a major tax on oil companies (which again would be passed on to consumers). Raising taxes won’t produce any more oil. What do the Democrats want? $6.00 per gallon gasoline? How would the increase in gas affect the prices of other common items, like food, that need gas to be transported? The cost, once again, would be passed along to the consumer.

America invented the peaceful use of nuclear power. Yet, modern Democrats usually oppose it as a source of energy. We have never lost a life to nuclear energy production. Even nations such as France derive most of their electricity from nuclear power. Why does the Democrat party routinely oppose nuclear power in America?

We need to be less dependent on foreign oil and proactive in seeking a diversity of environmentally-safe, technology solutions to fuel America. For example, we should embrace ethanol as a fuel source as well as sugar cane-derived fuel. We should have new investments in clean-coal technology because our nation is so rich in sources of coal. Wind, solar, and hydro-electric energy should all be explored in useful ways.

Most of the candidates running for office will tout their willingness to follow though with solutions for a plan for energy; but the only suggested energy solutions of the Democrat party so far has been to increase taxes on gasoline.

Drilling for oil here in America is a sensible short term solution. Drilling the people with more taxes always seems to be the Democrat party’s only solution.

Frank Aquila is a Manteca resident and president of the South San Joaquin Republicans. He can be emailed at


1 Comment »

  1. Drilling in America makes perfect sense we have been dependant for to long. Off shore in the Florida region should be explored to let other countries have first dibs is a grave mistake. Well written Frank thank you for sharing.

    Comment by Kelly — January 7, 2011 @ 5:51 pm | Reply

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