February 29, 2012
WASHINGTON D.C. – While Americans suffer from skyrocketing gas prices nationwide, President Barack Obama’s Energy Secretary Steven Chu admitted yesterday that lowering gasoline prices is not the overall goal for this administration.
As Politico reported, “The Energy Department isn’t working to lower gasoline prices directly, Secretary Steven Chu said Tuesday… High gasoline prices will make research into such alternatives more urgent, Chu said.” When asked if the overall goal was to lower gasoline prices, Chu responded: “No.”
“Once again, it’s clear this administration is completely out-of-touch with average Americans. Since the president took office, gas prices have doubled, and families are bracing for fuel costs to hit $4 a gallon this summer. Meanwhile, the president’s own energy secretary has repeatedly admitted that this administration’s goal is not to lower gas prices,” said U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.).
Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time the Obama Administration has signaled a complete disregard for skyrocketing gas prices to skyrocket. In 2008, the Wall Street Journal noted that Chu “has called for gradually ramping up gasoline taxes over 15 years to coax consumers into buying more-efficient cars and living in neighborhoods closer to work.”
“Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe,” said Chu.
“While addressing skyrocketing gas prices might not be a goal for the Obama administration, Republicans will continue to support policies and projects like the Keystone XL Pipeline that increase American energy, help jumpstart job creation, and put our country on the path to greater energy independence,” Blunt concluded.
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