Debate In Washington On How To Bring Fuel Prices Down

By: Peter O'Connor Email
By: Peter O'Connor Email

Despite a lot of talk from politicians, some say don't hold your breath for gas-pump relief from Washington.

Republicans are demanding new drilling off the nation's beaches.

Democrats want to tax away oil companies' profits.

As America tries to cope with high gas prices, lawmakers on Capitol Hill are looking for solutions to high energy costs.

Presidential Candidate John McCain says cleaner coal could be the answer.

On the campaign trail in Springfield, Missouri the Arizona Senator said he wanted to construct 45 new nuclear reactors by 2030 and pledged 2 billion dollars a year in federal funds to "Make clean coal a reality" and reduce the countries dependence on foreign oil.

“For the sake of our economy, for the sake of our environment, and for the sake of our national security, we need to get it done and get it right,” Senator John McCain said.

McCain says cleaner coal could be the answer and Pike County Judge-Executive Wayne T. Rutherford agrees.

“If you take the whole Appalachian region we have a 120 billion tons of recoverable coal and if you turn that into transportation fuel that is more then they have barrels in the Middle East,” Rutherford said.

President Bush says off-shore drilling would give Americans relief at the pump.

The president urged congress to lift the 1982 ban on coastal drilling.

Opponents of the president's proposal say it would be a temporary fix and they worry about the environmental effects and say the president's proposal should have come sooner.

President Bush says if congress lifts the legislative ban.... He would lift the executive prohibition.

Democratic Presidential Candidate Barack Obama says he agrees with most democrats who believe off-shore drilling would be a temporary fix and would not solve the problem of high energy costs in the long run.


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  • by Glenn Location: Knott on Jun 20, 2008 at 04:50 PM
    Two years ago congress had the opportunity to cap gas prices at 2.75 a gallon. Neither the democrats or republicans would bring it to a vote. Even if they had, Bush said he would veto it. So my fellow americans our government has scr**ed us good! Enjoy your go nowhere summer and keep voting the same crooks back to Washington. But, there are to many who would give their congress a big sloppy kiss instead of voting him out. The oil companies have lined their pockets with gold.
  • by Dave Location: Ky on Jun 19, 2008 at 08:13 AM
    Way to go dumb dems raise dem taxes. More pork in dem barrels.
  • by Susan Location: Harlan on Jun 19, 2008 at 05:30 AM
    Obama says off-shore drilling would be a temporary fix, he wants the tax on oil companies profits. McCain, Obama and Washington need to put the American people first. American people can not go on with high cost of gas, food, etc. I am getting sick & tired of all politicans, their excuses, blaming each other. Stand up and help the American people.
  • by Sid Location: Pikeville on Jun 19, 2008 at 05:06 AM
    Yea the dems are wanting to help out,all the way out.Strave us to death for what. They scream make gas from corn and what happens the price of corn hits 8 bucks a bushel.Now the cows are hungry too.They don't want more oil, when we are doing with out.Don't drll here, don't drill there, and here we are.I don't get it. they push to abort our childern, marry gays,rob the treaury to buy votes{SSI}. then send millions of dope pills{OXIES} into our communitys.Then lock up half of the pop for having them. why do we still have Democrats anyway.They are parasites,living off the sweat and work of others.making a industry on the backs of the poor.All wrong all the time.

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