GOP Crony of the Week: Why YOU pay higher gas prices.
by Andrew C White, Thu Apr 27, 2006 at 11:13:45 AM EDT
With gas prices anywhere from $3.06 to $3.11 per gallon around the 20th district these days it is fair for us all to ask... why?
How come gas prices have more than doubled under the Bush administration? Fuel oil. Natural gas. Diesel. They have all gone through the roof under the Republicans while Exxon-Mobil rakes in record profits for any company in history for multiple years in a row. As if that is not enough the CEO of Exxon-Mobil retired with a $400 Million pension.
And Republican Senators talk of buying off our unrest with $100 rebate checks. Where do those rebate checks come from? Exxon-Mobil? The pension of the retired CEO? No. Republican lawmakers are so beholden to oil companies that they are suggesting a measly $100 rebate of OUR OWN MONEY to us rather than taking it back from big oil companies like Exxon-Mobil in the form of an excess profits tax.
In honor of the bankruptcy of Republican politics the DCCC has started a new web site... The GOP Auction House.
To inaugurate this new feature exposing the crony politics of Republican run Washington the DCCC has chosen The GOP Crony of the Week our very own John Sweeney. Mr Sweeney you may have read yesterday flip-flopped on the subject of gas prices and CAFE standards for increasing gas efficiency. Sweeney actually told the truth about the issue however when he said "Listen, in Washington it's always politics."
Given that Sweeney voted in favor of Dick Cheney's $8 billion in giveaways and tax breaks to the oil and gas industry and has raked in over $120,000 in Big Oil and gas industry money since 1998 it is hard to believe his recent change of views is anything more than election year nervousness.
In the meantime, Democratic challenger Kirsten Gillibrand announced her plan for immediate and long-term solutions for the energy problems Republicans have exacerbated and mostly ignored.
Gillibrand's plan calls for a suspension of the gas tax, investigations into oil companies that engage in predatory and anti-competitive pricing and new investment for development of alternative sources of energy to ease the nation's dependence on oil.
"It is time for a change when Congress finds the time for lavish million dollar compensation packages and pension payouts to energy company executives, but can't protect working families and small businesses from such outrageous gas prices," said Gillibrand. "We need to stand up for hard-working middle class families and show that help is on the way."
In the meantime, the DCCC points out Sweeney's "rubber stamp" qualities like voting against cracking down on the oil and gas industries price gouging and more.