Arctic drilling may reduce gas prices | June 26, guest column
Elections breed misinformation
Now that an election season is nearing our local, state and national fear mongers are getting in lock step to exploit a hot button issue to raise our citizens stress and tension levels over fuel prices.
The guest columnist is mouthing the talking points put out at the national level by the best ever purveyors of misinformation: the current occupant of the White House and the dark lord of terror. She states that since she came to Congress (a three-term member or less than six years) the Democrats in the Senate and even former President Clinton vetoed bills that would have improved the situation.
The guest columnist was not even in Congress when Clinton was president but why not follow the usual approach of her fear mongering party leaders and throw in the Clinton name for good measure. The secret energy task force of this administration and its policies could be contributing to the current energy crisis but we will never know.
Opening up additional areas of our country for exploration and drilling as the task force recommended will not reduce the price at the pump today nor any time in the near term of the next five years. There is too much competition in the world for the veiled threat of increased U.S. production sometime in the future to push back hard enough at OPEC.
The purveyors of misinformation have brought mistrust on themselves and whatever they utter about almost every topic because of their actions over the last 7 1/2 years so why should we trust them on their latest vote pandering scheme?
Dale Gottschalk, Hudson
A better solution to high gas prices
What is the matter with our elected officials? Maybe they should first tell the truth about who is now controlling the prices of D2, which is used to produce gasoline.
The facts are:
The four major oil companies have set up something with the federal government that all D2 products being shipped to the U.S. from other ports around the world cannot be refined by anyone except the four major refineries. For a small example of price gouging, look at it this way: We buy D2 from others at a cost estimated of $400 per metric ton. We then have it shipped to the U.S. where the price for this product is around $750 a metric ton.
When are our elected officials going to tell the whole story?
For those in Florida, let's take Citrus County, seeing how there is an opportunity to open up a port in this area. The state will give some funds and so will the federal government to help build this port.
Then, instead of drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, all they need to do is place a refinery and some storage tanks. Then allow us to purchase the D2 from others and refine it into gasoline. This would allow others to lower the cost of fuel in Florida, along with generating many jobs, which are greatly needed. Plus, there would be no drilling or pipelines in the gulf.
Here is some more food for thought. There are in fact many other ways to generate the needed funds for the people of Florida. To not only benefit many small businesses but also to benefit the everyday people.
Dale Bennington, Spring Hill