Energy Secretary wants gas prices at European levels, gives himself an A

@Taskr36 (13928)
United States
March 23, 2012 10:11am CST
In 2008 when Obama chose this jerk as Energy secretary he'd said that he wanted to boost gas prices to European levels where, right now, they are paying $7-$9 a gallon for gas. He is now pretending that he's changed his mind, but when questioned about his performance, watching gas prices rise to $4 a gallon, he gave himself an A. It looks to me like he's getting exactly what he wants. http://sec.online.wsj.com/article/SB122904040307499791.html www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-201203211013usnewsusnwr201203200320whisperpol1mar21,0,6128137.story
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@sierras236 (2740)
• United States
23 Mar 12
We aren't Europe. That's a problem. When will they learn that? Europe isn't working that well. Yet, they are acting like everything there is perfect.
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@debrakcarey (19925)
• United States
23 Mar 12
Its election year Taskr. What else needs to be said. Just another round of lies and half-truths designed to sway the people his way. I do admit, its creepier somehow, these last few elections. Perhaps because I'm paying more attention to the issues?
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• United States
23 Mar 12
Taskr, many have called for high gas prices so people will use less energy. Remember when people wanted to outlaw the use of incandescent bulbs for the new energy saver bulbs. This would cut our energy cost by up to 20% nationwide, and would lower the price of energy. But, the conservatives attacked this because they were getting rid of something that always had. They didn't care if it would increase our cost of energy, they just didn't want people telling them what to do. The problem is that their actions effect MY pocket book, and until we as a country understand that, our energy prices will be high. You can either understand that, and conserve energy. Or you can ignore it, and pay more. That is life!!!
@Taskr36 (13928)
• United States
23 Mar 12
So you think that we should WANT higher gas prices so we will use less energy because if we use more energy we will have higher gas prices? Do you realize how ridiculous that sounds? I use the energy saver bulbs when possible, but me choosing to use them is far different than the government FORCING me to use them. The government is already forcing us to have ethanol in our gasoline which is bad for some cars an a LOT of boats. Of course I know that you oppose letting people have choices. You are big on forcing your will onto others and that is the left wing way right now.
@debrakcarey (19925)
• United States
23 Mar 12
The 'energy saving' light bulbs are an enviromental hazard. They contain mercury and if broken, legally require a hazmat team to clean up. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=7431198 But the enviromentalists don't admit to that.
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• United States
23 Mar 12
Taskr, the price of gas is going up if you want to or not. Remember under Clinton gas topped out at $2.00 a gallon, ten years latter it topped out at $4. Do you really think that the price is going to go back down, and stay down? I hope you have a prescription for what you are smoking. The only way to control your OWN energy price is to limit your PERSONAL consumption. I don't want high gas prices, but if you can show me any study that shows them going down, and provide ANY logic I will read it. We can drill in this country for centuries and still the price of gas will STILL go up. Do you understand that countries like China and India have BILLIONS, YES BILLIONS WITH A B, of people that have NEVER driven a car in their lives, and they are starting to move to cities and want to drive cars. The need for oil in China alone has driven the cost of oil and gas up. I hate to tell you people this, but we aren't making more oil, and you can't just grow more. Taskr, when you drive down an expressway have you ever noticed the signs that says motorized vehicles only? Isn't that an example of the government forcing us to drive cars? Have you ever started a discussion on here about how the government is putting the horse and buggy industry out of business because they can't go on expressways? See, someones ignorance is causing my energy prices to go up. You can call it choice all you want, but it is costing ME money!!! It is call EVOLUTION baby!!!! Deal with it!!!!
@Torunn (2810)
• Norway
25 Mar 12
Well, as we're not paying 9 dollars a gallon but 1.7 pounds per litre, I really can't feel very sorry for you. And it's a long way to go from 4 to 7 and a even longer way to 9 or 10. As for the International System of Units, we like it. As does the rest of the world, except the US, Myanmar and Liberia. It would make it easier for yourself if you just went with the flow :-) And for really low petrol prices you should to Venezuella I think. I've heard it's about 20 p a litre there.
@Taskr36 (13928)
• United States
25 Mar 12
I did the coversion because most Americans can convert 1.7 pounds per litre to dollars and gallons in their heads. I've actually seen people claim that gas prices were lower in Europe because they didn't realize the price was per litre instead of per gallon. I don't expect Europeans to feel sorry for us. I actually feel sorry for you guys with your gas prices. 4-7 might seem like a long way, but 1.75 to 4.10 seemed like a long way in 2008. It's also an issue when we have a president and energy secretary that WANT higher gas prices. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I doubt that you are hoping for your gas prices to go up. I don't know why the US has no desire to change our system of units. You'd think they'd at least attempt a gradual change, but they just won't touch it despite the fact that it's creeping in due to all the international trade. You're right, I believe Venezuela has the cheapest gas followed by Saudi Arabia.
@Torunn (2810)
• Norway
28 Mar 12
I don't really mind the high gas prices that much. What annoys me is that they don't manage to use the money (as most of it is tax) to fix the roads so that they are safer (saves money, less people crashes) and use it for research on more efficient and less polluting cars. I've got no idea really what they use it for, most road repair etc. seem to be financed with extra road tax. Also, the bus going from me to where I work annoy me. It goes through the town centre, takes more than twice the time it takes to drive and it'll probably make me very terribly car-sick. *grumble*
@Taskr36 (13928)
• United States
30 Mar 12
Contact the government about your roads. Gas taxes here are anywhere from $0.50 to $1.00 a gallon and those tax dollars are supposed to be spent on the roads. I don't know what bugs you have where you are, but in Florida the worst were the lovebugs. There is literally a lovebug season each year where you know your car will be covered with those things.
@lampar (7597)
• United States
24 Mar 12
They don't want us to be like European, except want us to pay more for driving our own cars in US so that their CEO buddies in all the oil major like Exxon-Mobile, BP, Texaco etc.. can continue to make billion and billon of all mighthy US dollar for their multi national corporation at the end of this reporting year. Cool!
@debrakcarey (19925)
• United States
25 Mar 12
How much you want to bet, the next industry to be nationalize like the auto industry is the oil industry? We're going down folks. And it was planned. IT IS NOT capialism that is to blame. It is the government with their hands in almost every industry, whether it's over regulation or over taxing them. The government provided the loopholes for the corporations...and now they're turning on them like a wild animal who eats it's young. Read the history guys.
• United States
23 Mar 12
He's insane! What hardworking American can afford to pay European gas prices. We can barely afford to pay $4.50 a gallon and they want us to pay more? Like that is going to happen. I don't care what your party affiliation is, this is wrong. There is no way in Hell that we Americans are going to start paying more than $5.00 a gallon.
@debrakcarey (19925)
• United States
25 Mar 12
We'll all have to go back to the old days and buy horses. Or stay at home, get welfare and maybe, just maybe...we'll all be more easy to control? But tell me please, who will pay for 300,000,000 million people out of work and not paying ANY taxes. Of course, that is a worst case scenario, you know.
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• United States
25 Mar 12
Let's hope that it never comes to that.
@matersfish (6311)
• United States
24 Mar 12
I don't like this schmuck. All I ever needed to hear from him was his saying that he deserves an A for doing everything he can to bring prices down. How about some humility? How about not patting yourself on the back for absolutely nothing? Every single thing I see from these politicians and bureaucrats is all about self-serving and not public service. I give him an A for a$$hole.
@Taskr36 (13928)
• United States
24 Mar 12
If the guy would have said a B I wouldn't be getting on him. I would say "He believes he did well with what he had." Giving himself an A means that he thinks he has done a perfect job. Having gas cost over $4/gallon, more than twice what it was when Obama takes office, means that this is EXACTLY what he wants.
@EvanHunter (4030)
• United States
23 Mar 12
I predict that gas prices are going to shoot up regardless of who wins the election. This is why: http://www.mylot.com/w/discussions/2638303.aspx
@debrakcarey (19925)
• United States
25 Mar 12
you just may have a point there evanhunter.
@laglen (19783)
• United States
24 Mar 12
I remember him saying this. I also remember the President saying this as well. I guess all is going as planned. Boy its a good thing this President is for the middle class and poor and wont raise our taxes or anything....
@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
24 Mar 12
If we base our economic policy on the Europeans then we have to accept a 12% to 20% permanent unemployment rate. We could reduce the cost of gasoline if the government would reduce the taxes on it. Tax only what we need for highways and maintenance of them and not to subsidize mass transit, bike trails and walking paths. There was a report on the radio that the light rail in Minneapolis cost was about 5 times the fare being charged. Where did the extra money come from the gas tax. The other way we could save money is to take the energy secretary Government provided Cadillac away and give him an all electric car and see how he enjoys driving it in the winter with no heat and in the summer with no AC (those two things eat up the battery life). What does it say about the man when he tells us to do with less and pay more for it while he rides around in a gas guzzler that he does not have to pay for or pay for the gas.