The Obama Cure for High Gas PricesHooray! Our president, Obama, is going to fix high gas prices - in 2025.
President Barack Obama says vehicle fuel economy standards set under his administration and better cars built by a resurgent U.S. auto industry will save money at the gas pump over the long term, a counterpoint to Republican criticism of his energy policy.Gosh, Mr. President, I can hardly wait to start saving big money thirteen years from now when gasoline prices are up to $10.00 per gallon, but I only have to fill up half as much. What would we do without you in our corner?
In his weekly radio and online address today, Obama said Detroit automakers are on track to build cars that average nearly 55 miles per gallon by 2025, doubling current mileage standards.
"That means folks will be able to fill up every two weeks instead of every week, saving the typical family more than $8,000 at the pump over time," he said. "That's a big deal, especially as families are yet again feeling the pinch from rising gas prices.
What makes this stance by our community-organizer-in-chief even more ridiculous, is that for years, since the 1990s, the Democrats, environmentalists, and the Left in general have been insistent that drilling for domestic oil is the height of foolishness because that oil wouldn't hit the pipelines for at least ten years - since the 1990s - that's what they've been telling us.
I can't be the only person in America catching the faint odor of bovine flatulence from Obama and his pals in the alternative energy business. It seems that electric cars will not be the panacea to our energy problems.
General Motors has told 1,300 employees at its Detroit Hamtramck that they will be temporarily laid off for five weeks as the company halts production of the Chevrolet Volt and its European counterpart, the Opel Ampera.Translation: even with the huge bribe from the government, not enough suckers went for this electric lemon. Although I do know a fairly wealthy fellow who did accept the subsidy and let the government install a special electrical outlet in his garage to power his Volt. Maybe I'm selfish, but I resent the fact that my cars are 5 and 14 years old, I don't even own a garage, but my tax dollars are subsidizing him. Oh wait, I mean my portion of the debt is subsidizing his electric toy.
“Even with sales up in February over January, we are still seeking to align our production with demand,” said GM spokesman Chris Lee.
Meanwhile, over at American Digest, I found another reason that gasoline will be required to power our cars for a good bit longer.
While higher gasoline prices might not be the best reason to replace Obama in November, it is certainly one of many reasons to return him to being a private citizen.