Democrat Calls for Public Pressure on GOP to Change Energy Policy

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  1. Revmitchell

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    WASHINGTON — The public must pressure Republicans in the White House and Congress to change directions in the country's energy policies, which have pushed oil and gas prices to record highs, a Democratic lawmaker said Saturday.

    Sen. Debbie Stabenow said the rising price of oil, fostered by President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney's close ties to the oil industry, is no longer just a burden.

    "Now it is a crisis for every American family," the Michigan senator said in the Democrats' weekly radio address. She called the current energy situation "a crisis that doesn't just affect us at the pump, but also raises the prices of groceries, increases our home heating bills and squeezes small businesses trying to keep their heads above water."

    Oil rose above $126 a barrel for the first time Friday and gasoline prices rose above an average $3.67 a gallon at the pump.

    "Republicans want more drilling, more consumption and more tax giveaways for the big oil companies," she said. "Democrats say that those are exactly the policies that got us into this mess to begin with."

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    Idiots! It is the lack of drilling, the lack of nuclear power plants, the lack of available resources that has put us in this spot.
     
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    My understanding is that it's really the refining capacity rather than the availability of crude oil that is the major constraint.


    Behind high gas prices: The refinery crunch
    When gasoline prices surge, a lack of refining capacity is often blamed. What's being done, and is it enough?
    By Steve Hargreaves, CNNMoney.com staff writer
    April 17 2007: 3:43 PM EDT
    http://money.cnn.com/2007/04/17/news/economy/refineries/index.htm


    NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- It's the same story every year.

    Each spring, just before the summer driving season, gasoline prices skyrocket. And every year, these four words appear in news reports nationwide as a big reason for the runup: "lack of refining capacity."

    Then experts call for more refineries, politicians pledge to make the dirty behemoths easier to build, but guess what? Nothing really happens. Next year, repeat story.

    So why hasn't a new refinery been built in the U.S. since 1976?

    "There have been calls every year this decade for new refining capacity, yet no new projects initiated," said Geoff Sundstrom, a spokesman for AAA, the motorist organization. "Refining capacity has not kept pace with demand for gasoline."
    Exxon: The defiant one

    Numbers from the government prove Sundstrom correct.

    In 1995 American drivers burned about 17 million more gallons of gasoline a day than the country produced, according to the government's Energy Information Administration. The difference was made up for by imports.

    By 2005, the latest figures available, the gap had widened considerably to about 36 million.
     
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    Ok so I forgot one. It is a result of no drilling, no refining, and no new Nuclear plants
     

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