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GOVERNMENT RESPONSE TO HIGH FUEL PRICES INADEQUATE

April 25, 2008

The United States should focus on increasing the supply of oil and gas.  World demand is increasing and the Congress and Administration's response is instead to follow the energy advice of population-control advocates to reduce energy use by passing laws that cause famine, privation and less safety on the highways, according to the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA). 

Congress has repeatedly refused to allow access to the billions of barrels of oil locked off shore and in Alaska.  Last month, some in Congress offered a proposal to allow drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge if oil reached $125.00 a barrel -- but the plan was ultimately shot down by the democratic leadership.

In an effort to reduce the U.S. reliance on foreign oil -- based on a misguided belief that it will reduce gasoline prices and make the United States more secure -- lawmakers have radically expanded the requirements for ethanol and other biofuels (which is a critical factor driving food prices higher and threatening shortages).

  • This expansion on biofuels will take good and nutritious food off the dinner plate and put it in gas tanks.
  • In the last year we've experienced food riots in Mexico and the Caribbean, as well as protests in much of Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
  • The Administration has shortened the timetable in which auto makers must increase fuel efficiency of car -- making cars smaller and lighter, resulting in cars that are less safe (which numerous studies indicate will likely result in needless severe injuries and premature deaths).

"The truth is we cannot appreciably affect demand for oil in the short- or mid-term without the technology to separate economic growth from fossil fuel energy growth -- something we just don't have yet," says H. Sterling Burnett, a senior fellow with the NCPA.

Source: E-Alert, "Government Response to High Fuel Prices Inadequate," National Center for Policy Analysis, April 24, 2008.

 

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