I started writing this post back before I sold my house in Flagstaff and moved to Phoenix. That’d make this thing a least three weeks ride. It is still worth posting? Probably. People are still taking about gas prices. And people are still chanting the mantra of “Drill Here. Drill Now. Pay Less.”
Rings about as hollow as the RNC Convention chants of “Four more years” to me. But you already knew that, didn’t you?
I’ll give him a shot. Here’s what Newt has to say. Can’t say I agree with all of it. But, then, I don’t disagree with all of it either.
3 Ways to Lower Gas Prices
Drill Here. Drill Now. Pay Less.
Update on ‘Drill Here. Drill Now. Pay Less.
One thing, though, he does seem enjoy listing a litany of reasons “liberal” politicians have screwed you over and over again by a) limiting nuclear power b) limiting oil exploration c) marginalizing coal’s potential d) somehow stopping the use of shale oil.
No mention of the failure to update CAFE standards and force automobile manufacturers to put more efficient cars on the road. That wasn’t touched for something like 30 years before the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. Not sure either party can distance themselves from that stupidity.
Sen. John Warner, R-Virginia, asked Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman to look into what speed limit would provide optimum gasoline efficiency given current technology. He said he wants to know if the administration might support efforts in Congress to require a lower speed limit.
Congress in 1974 set a national 55 mph speed limit because of energy shortages caused by the Arab oil embargo. The speed limit was repealed in 1995 when crude oil dipped to $17 a barrel and gasoline cost $1.10 a gallon.
Sure, it’d piss me of too. Probably add hours to my drive time per week. Still, you cannot deny it would knock down our rate of gasoline consumption. It did in ’74.
Warner cited studies that showed the 55 mph speed limit saved 167,000 barrels of oil a day, or 2 percent of the country’s highway fuel consumption, while avoiding up to 4,000 traffic deaths a year.
Oh hell. I feel some Sammy Hagar coming on.
Sammy Hagar – I can’t drive 55
Fuck it. I got three words for ya: Ride a bike.by