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Sky-high gasoline prices could decide presidential election

Richard G. Carter | 10/12/2012, 4:17 p.m.
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Earlier this month, Obama said: "Oil is the fuel of the past, and America must invest in the technology that will help us use less oil in our cars and our trucks." Thus, he echoed the ill-advised comments of Chu, who told a House committee the current administration has no policy on higher gas prices--except to let them rise. Hmm...

And how do Americans feel about paying through the nose to fill their tanks? Here's a sampling of some recent letters to the editor published in daily newspapers:

"The expected price of $5 per gallon by the summer made me realize why all these bike lanes have sprouted in every neighborhood...President Obama will soon be photographed riding a bike with his thumb to his nose and telling us it's not his fault."

"The White House press secretary's response for the soaring gas prices is 'pressure' from the Republicans to approve the Keystone pipeline. The real reason for the delay is because of the election--the 'blame game' continues so Obama can look good."

"The president keeps talking a good game about a comprehensive solution to our energy problem, but he continues to leave out plans for any real expansion of nuclear productivity or increase in drilling."

"It's funny how the Obama administration insists that the president has no responsibility over gas prices, yet in 2008, the media and Obama railed on Bush. My, how times have changed."

"Beware of the Ides of March and beware of the national average price of gas surging past $4 per gallon. This is a serious threat to our national security, yet the government acts like it's powerless to the whims of Big Oil."

Finally, how's this for live TV news? Last month, ABC-TV reporter Cecilia Vega was reporting at a downtown Los Angeles gas station for "World News Tonight" when, on camera, prices on the sign behind her increased from $4.99 for regular to $5.09. "It's almost too unbelievable to believe," she said.

Gentlemen, start your engines.