Our Mix panelists, Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Michael Burgess (R-TX),continue their discussion on what, if anything, can be done about high gasoline prices.
Viewer Sarah Thompson, of Greensboro, NC, who organized a gasoline boycott that attracted more than 1 million followers, asks when Congress will develop a national energy policy that is serious about finding alternative energy while putting Americans back to work.
Blumenauer believes that by giving Americans more choices in transportation, it will make crude oil less valuable as a commodity, and OPEC countries will not be able to keep prices at levels he believes are artificially high. He says that will offer a chance for temporary price reductions, but in the time frame of 100 years, the idea of cheap gas is an illusion. He also does not believe a recent report that caused the Obama administration of keeping energy prices high on purpose as a means of getting Americans out of their cars. Blumenauer says the administration has been promoting diversity in transportation sources as part of an "all of the above" energy strategy.
Burgess says the problem is that the nation does not have a consistent national energy policy. He says it has changed twice since he came to Congress in 2003, and it can change again in response to political pressure. He believes the nation should adopt an "all of the above" policy, but he says Democrats and environmentalists are fighting it. He blames President Obama and his administration for high energy prices, calling them a "campaign promise" for Obama in 2008.
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