What can be done about the high Gas Prices?

@bobmnu (8160)
United States
March 8, 2011 1:12am CST
What should the government be doing to bring down the gas prices. As we close in on $4.00 per gallon gas what can and should the government do. The last time we reached $4.00 gas (July 2008) President Bush lifted the executive order baning offshore drilling and by Christmas we had gas at $1.61 a gallon. Then President Obama took office and gasoline has been rising steadily. He has banned almost all offshore drilling, implemented policies that make drilling more costly and slower. His intention as he stated during the election was to see gas at $5 to $6 per gallon. Should he start an aggressive drilling program for both natural Gas and Oil or do something else?
2 responses
@mermaidivy (15415)
• United States
8 Mar 11
My car requires the premium fuel so it is very expensive to get gas each time. I usually slow down when I see the light is changing to red and I just go slowly when I move again after the stop. I don't just accelerate very quick when entering the highway but steadily.
@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
8 Mar 11
I do the same thing but still have to pay an arm and leg for gas, when we could be drilling here but no let China, Cuba, and other Gulf Nations drain the oil we can not drill for and then sell it to us and high prices.
@matersfish (6311)
• United States
8 Mar 11
It's funny how this works. I know I use the term a lot, and perhaps incorrectly sometimes, but how some politicians handle America's drilling for oil really seems like a self-fulfillng prophecy. Initial concern: Oil spills are incredibly damaging, costing lives, costing billions in damage, wreaking havoc on areas for untold amounts of time. Possible solution: Work harder on alternative energy measures, lossen up regulations and also allow the market to compete instead of everything done on government's say so. Go after the safer natural gas. The solution used: Push oil rigs out into deeper waters until they're out of sight. New problem: Out of sight means out of mind. Regulations lapse in the land that time forgot, and proper inspections and handling fall by the wayside. BOOM! Rig explodes, horrific spill, "I told you so" from everyone citing the problem in the right place. New solution: Ban drilling! No more! Get it outta here! We told you it would happen, now it's happened! New problem: $70 to fill up a Geo Metro, $200+ weekly for a work truck, even more for longer distances or bigger vehicles. Solution: F it! Let 'em rise until Americans are forced to seek alternative measures. Necessity is the mother of invention. I certainly understand that. But I bet you a guy could walk into the patent office right this second with a great idea and be outright denied in 40,000 different ways because of government's regulations. This isn't the average American's fault. Government taxing oil and gas has made trillions more in profit than these evil and greedy oil companies. It has always been a cash cow for them, someone's political letter aside. The more it goes up, the more they get in tax. So if you ask me, and I could certainly be wrong, allowing the prices to "necessarily skyrocket" is something they want. It's a tax raise they can blame on the other side and be safe. My personal inclinatio is to say "do something else," but exactly what that "something else" would be is beyond me. Check out the government's beautiful and economical cars. Brilliant! I can only imagine how inefficient and expensive their "something else" will be. In the meantime, though, keep a damn eye on drilling and stop pushing it out of sight. Make it safer and more effective and stop milking in the taxes from it. Instead, funnel those taxes directly to new initiatives.
@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
8 Mar 11
IF you look at what happened when Gas hit $4.00 a gallon under President Bush and he removed the ban on off shore drilling in six months the price was down to $1.61. http://gasbuddy.com/gb_retail_price_chart.aspx Once President Obama, with new bans and new EPA regulations, took office the price of Gas started to climb.