Blame High Gas Prices on Our Reliance on Foreign Oil, Not on Our Government

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The price of oil made me sell my favorite car. Five years ago, I bought a large full-size SUV with three rows, plenty of space for my three car seats, and a couple of grown adults in the back. As much as I loved my car, the gas prices were killing me. It was the summer when gas was over $4.50 a gallon. I would stop the tank when it reached $100 as I couldn't stomach the idea of knowing how much a full tank actually cost me. We didn't want to drive my big spacious car meant specifically for our many road-trips. I kept it in the garage and we stayed home that summer. We were far from happy about the situation and ultimately sold the car two years later. What was the point of it anymore?  

But whom did I blame for ruining our summer fun or having to sell my car? Not George W. -- who was coasting along in his last term in office as president.


See, neither President Bush nor any of our presidents can dictate how much our foreign bought oil costs Americans. Just like the trucker said in the ABC article, "[T]he president is nothing but a fall guy." Instead, oil prices are determined on a variety of things -- the season (with summer being a high travel time), the weather, and natural disasters such as hurricanes. You then factor in taxes (which is a just a few cents to the consumer), marketing, costs to refine the oil, transportation expenses, and before you know it, we're over $3.50 per gallon.  

So can Newt Gingrinch really promise to reduce oil to $2.50 per gallon? Ha! As the president of oil consultancy Strategic Energy and Economic Research, Michael Lynch, said, "[Newt's] promise to go the moon is easier to achieve." Until we change where our oil comes from and how much we rely on oil, we will always be at the mercy of others. According to the Department of Energy, Americans consume approximately 178 million gallons of gas per day.

I think Newt is better off spending time on finding a realistic solution for developing alternative sources to fuel our cars and trucks. And based on his numbers lately, I think it's safe to say that most voters are not naive enough to believe  he can really lower gas to $2.50 per gallon. 


This post is part of a weekly conversation with our 5 Moms Matter 2012 political bloggers. To see the original question and what the other bloggers have to say, read Who's Responsible for Our High Gas Prices?

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