Gas price policy divides Republicans, Democrats

by Dillon Mack correspondent

A poll recently published on reported that 65 percent of Americans found gas prices to be of great concern. According to, America is at the top of the list when it comes to gas consumption. Thus, it comes as no surprise that there is an outcry when prices begin to rise and bank accounts begin to drain. It is also no surprise that, as with any other issue of national importance, both Republicans and Democrats have their own ideas regarding the source of the problem.

Democrats tend to blame high gas prices on overseas tensions while Republicans blame President Obama. In an MSNBC column, Martin Wisckol is quick to point out that the situation is similar to the peak in gas prices during the Bush administration when the Democrats blamed Bush, and the Republicans pointed to tensions in the Middle East. He accused Republicans of doing exactly what they condemned the Democrats for doing just a few years ago.
Most people, regardless of political party, would deny tensions in Iran are currently affecting the prices at the pump. However, a Fox News article reports the Energy Information Administration sees the need for a long-term solution to fix the problem. Obama has been spelling out his new plan in a recent energy tour to four different states. In the previously mentioned Fox article, Obama is reported to have said, “[Congress] can either vote to spend billions of dollars on oil subsidies that keep us trapped in the past. Or they can vote to end these taxpayer subsidies so that we can invest in the future.”

The Democratic policy is to invest in alternative energy source, such as solar, bio-fuel and wind energy. CNN reports this policy as being called the “all of the above” energy policy. Democrats want to invest funds into further research and implementation of these green energies in order to become less reliant on crude oil. There is some agreement on both sides of the aisle regarding the idea of energy independence. However, Republicans do not want to go green so fast. They would rather drill for the oil that is already available in the U.S.

CNN quotes Rick Santorum’s response to the president’s energy policy: “He has an energy policy that is very simple. You can sum it up in two letters: N-O.” Santorum was referring to Obama’s rejection of the Keystone Pipeline, which would have brought oil from Canada into the U.S. For Republicans, the single-handed veto of this job-creating bill by Obama has run aggressively contrary to their ideals. The issue of energy will be a demanding issue that will no doubt seep its way into the presidential debates in the upcoming election season. As the summer months near, even more pressure will be felt on lawmakers to come to a decision on the gas price issue.

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