Apr 27 2006

Dems’ dog and pony show at your local Exxon

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The Washington Post had this hilarious article in today’s paper about some Dem politicians staging a news conference outside the Capitol Hill Exxon station. The reason? To blame the GOP for “high” gas prices. As usual, the Dems in Congress waste yet another opportunity to take the lead on an important issue so that they can engage in pointless and illogical rhetoric:

“Since George Bush and Dick Cheney took over as president and vice president, gas prices have doubled!” charged Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), standing at an Exxon station on Capitol Hill where regular unleaded hit $3.10. “They are too cozy with the oil industry.”

She then hopped in a waiting Chrysler LHS (18 mpg) — even though her Senate office was only a block away.

America may be addicted to oil, as President Bush puts it. But America is in the denial phase of this addiction — as evidenced by the behavior of its lawmakers. They have proposed all kinds of solutions to high gas prices: taxes on oil companies, domestic oil drilling and releasing petroleum reserves. But they ignore the obvious: that Americans drive too much in too-big cars.

..After lunchtime votes, senators emerged from the Capitol for the drive across the street to their offices.

Sen. John Sununu (R-N.H.) hopped in a GMC Yukon (14 mpg). Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) climbed aboard a Nissan Pathfinder (15). Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) stepped into an eight-cylinder Ford Explorer (14). Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) disappeared into a Lincoln Town Car (17). Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) met up with an idling Chrysler minivan (18).

Next came Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), greeted by a Ford Explorer XLT. On the Senate floor Tuesday, Menendez had complained that Bush “remains opposed to higher fuel-efficiency standards.”

Also waiting: three Suburbans, a Nissan Armada V8, two Cadillacs and a Lexus. The greenest senator was Richard Lugar (R-Ind.), who was picked up by his hybrid Toyota Prius (60 mpg), at quadruple the fuel efficiency of his Indiana counterpart Evan Bayh (D), who was met by a Dodge Durango V8 (14).

Hopping into a gas guzzling SUV to drive one block to a gas station in order to hold a press conference denouncing high gas prices? Oh God, the irony is just KILLING me.

The WashPost also had this editorial in today’s paper: Phony War on Gas. Basically, the underlying point is, stop blaming the oil companies for these prices and get to the root of the problem: the ridiculously inefficient cars that Americans love to drive.

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5 Responses to Dems’ dog and pony show at your local Exxon

  1. From Madeleine:

    Couldn’t any of them car-pooled? I genuinely like your site :) Found it searching for pictures of plate tectonics, of all things. Came up with a picture of you in a uniform of some sort.
    I have written to my government suggesting that excessively watered down ‘budget’ household cleaning products should be banned as we are effectively guzzling fuel, using roads and producing CO2 to shift water around the country.

    Posted on April 29, 2006 at 9:01 pm #
  2. From Au H2O:

    We could all drive little bread boxed sized cars like the french … but then (like the french) we would all pay $6.12 a gallon. The point is highly fuel efficent cars do not garrentee cheap fuel costs in the long run. I will admit the liberal Jimmy Carter had a good point when he believed in alternitive fuels instead of just making more efficent autos.

    Posted on April 30, 2006 at 3:55 pm #
  3. From Ryan:

    We need to take back Congress at any price … even if that includes hosting inane, ironic, and hypocritical press conferences!

    Posted on May 1, 2006 at 1:03 am #
  4. From Joyce:

    I love Senator Lugar!

    Posted on May 2, 2006 at 5:45 pm #
  5. From Lindsay:

    I don’t quite see the problem with driving cars like the French do..
    but, we might as well just get rid of CAFE standards altogether and instead raise the federal gasoline tax a few dollars. Of course there’s not a politician out there with the balls to do it, so oh well…

    Posted on May 3, 2006 at 10:38 pm #

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