Cause, Effect….Still

By April 5, 2008General

Debra J. Saunders, “Less Gas at the Pump“:

This week, American truckers staged protests against the rising cost of diesel fuel while members of the U.S. House of Representatives competed to see who could do the best job of hectoring oil-company executives — on-camera — about the high price of gasoline.

Also this week, the House voted to double the size of two national marine sanctuaries off of the Northern California coast, which now are permanently protected from offshore-oil drilling. This is the same House that has supported a ban on new offshore drilling off the entire California coast and opposes drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska.

It’s a mystery of modern life that educated voters can grouse about the high price of gasoline, yet see no nexus between rising prices and dwindling domestic supply.

Right. And the amazing thing is, the legislation Saunders refers to (H.R. 1187) passed on the House consent calendar Monday, a few minutes discussion, one perfunctory objection by Rep. Bishop (R-UT) and that’s it. (Congressional Record pages here.) And on Tuesday, House members berated oil executives for the high price of gas.

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