In an op-ed by my hometown Senator, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, the average price of a gallon of gas in our beloved Bluegrass State is $3.69. That is up from $1.85 per gallon when our esteemed (choke) president took office just over three years ago. And according to AAA, the national average price for gas is $3.74 per gallon.
The focus of Sen. McConnell’s op-ed, entitled “Not Helping Matters” and found in the Bowling Green (KY) Daily News, is how President Obama’s policies have cost Americans…not only at the pump, but also in the employment lines.
As the Senator points out, Obama “had his chance to show he was committed to boosting domestic energy production, lowering the price of gasoline, and creating new jobs and he said no when he rejected the job-creating Keystone XL pipeline.”
Of course, as we have seen and heard, lowering gas prices is not a priority of this administration. After all, not too long ago Energy Sec. Chu said, “Somehow, we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe.” And as Sen. McConnell points out, “they are well on their way” to accomplishing that goal.
Mr. McConnell goes on to point of that the EPA’s recent regulations target coal power plants and will impact energy prices for us all. Says McConnell, “The regulations will require coal power plants to install extremely expensive new Washington-mandated processes, with those costs passed along to the consumer in the form of higher prices for electricity. The regulations also threaten the jobs of more than 1,400 Kentuckians that work in aluminum smelter plants, plus Kentucky’s approximately 18,000 coal miners and the industries that support them.”
What’s more, Kentuckyis by no means the only state that will be affected by these new regulations. Coal is mined in 27 states, and the impact will be felt by anyone in this great country who works in the coal industry or uses electricity that is generated by coal…which is a lot.
Sen. McConnell points out that taxpayers will be out billions of dollars every year due to the new regulations. “It’s just another example of how Obama’s energy policies have failed this country.”
The Senator says, “Unlike the president, I believe in an all-of-the-above approach to energy exploration, we need to use every resource available to boost domestic energy supply, bring down energy prices, and free America from its dependence on foreign sources of oil.
“But to really make headway on this issue, we need a president who will fight for increased domestic energy production, lower costs, and more jobs on behalf of the American people.”
Unfortunately, this writer believes that the president currently occupying the White House is the wrong man for the job.