I am on record as blaming almost the entire body politik of the United States for the current crisis over gas prices. As such, don't expect anyone with in the government to come up with any ideas that will resolve the situation in anyway. The Democrats have offered a windfall tax on the oil companies and they have offered to sue OPEC, a foreign entity, for being a monopoly. Those two political stunts may even score them a political point or two, however it will do ZERO to lower gas prices.
Of course, the Democrats are still contributing more to the debate than the Republicans. At least the Democrats have proposed something. The Republicans, on the other hand, have proposed absolutely nothing. The simple fact of the matter is that the government can, today, do something tangible toward reducing the price of gasoline, and there is absolutely no will to do it.
Leave it to a former politician, Newt Gingrich, to propose something the rest of his colleagues refuse to do. Newt has started the "Drill Here. Drill Now. Pay less." campaign. Despite the fact that gas prices have gone over $4 a gallon, the politicians, on both sides, refuse to stand up to the environmentalist and move to make a sensible move toward counteracting the rising price of gasoline.
There are numerous places in and around the United States that we can drill for oil right now including ANWR, the Pacific Ocean, and the Gulf of Mexico, that would immediately increase the world's supply of oil. It is simply unacceptable that we all be held hostage to the whim of environmentalists when we are facing record high oil prices. Technology has advanced so far that most environmental concerns can be addressed, and yet that isn't good enough. At this point, the environmentalists resistance to drilling off shore is nothing more than a show of power. With record high gas prices, political posturing will not be tolerated.
Please go to the link, sign the petition and alert your friends and colleagues.