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February 29, 2012 at 4:00 PM

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Newt Gingrich and rising gas prices

This is next to impossible

Presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich was quoted as saying “he would cut energy prices by boosting oil drilling in Alaska, the Gulf of Mexico and other areas, as well as approving new oil refineries” [“Gingrich pumps up rally, promises $2.50-a-gallon gas,” page one, NWSaturday].

Thus supporting his claim “ he would return the nation to the days of $2.50 a-gallon gasoline.”

May I remind Gingrich that currently the United States exports around one million barrels of oil a day! Just how many wells would it take to replace that? As a partial owner of a couple wells in North Dakota, our wells only produce and sell around 6,000 barrels per month each. But there’s a lot of wells in North Dakota.

There has not been a new refinery built in the U.S. since 1976, over 30 years ago.

Good luck there — it would take any U.S. president more than one term to completely change our environmental policies. Which is why it’s next to impossible to get new refineries built in the U.S.

I’ll give you “Kudos” Gingrich for at least stating what you’d like to do, even if next to impossible!

Lastly; an old cliché; “you can fool some of the people some of the time, but you can’t fool all the people all of the time.”

— Richard W. Lambert, Auburn

He mocks U.S. energy policies

Newt Gingrich has blown into Seattle, and issued his usual unchecked flow of bloviations, most of them false and some just weird. He has newly fastened on the public’s concern about rising gas prices.

Ignoring the fact that this rise seems to be fueled by speculation and oil company exports from the U.S., rather than any lack of supply, he mocks United States energy policies and proclaims his ambition to be “president drilling.”

With no credible plan for bringing down gas prices at the pump, he still urges his supporters to log into Facebook and send emails that “Newt equals $2.50 a gallon.”

Tweaking this tweet, we get a truer message, “Newt statements = cheap gas!”

— Bob Beekman, Seattle

The rates will only go up

I hope the public isn’t fooled by the claims being made by Newt Gingrich and others. Drilling more wells and laying more pipelines will not lower gas prices.

The country is currently exporting gasoline, because there is a glut. The oil companies will do whatever it takes to keep prices high. They want the U.S. to be on parity with other parts of the world, who have always had high-fuel costs.

There is also too much natural gas, so the gas companies are going to cut back on supplies in order to keep the price high. In fact, Puget Sound Energy has announced its going to raise the rate for natural gas.

— Pete Bellomo, Bellevue

Remember George Bush

The Republican candidates, most notably Newt Gingrich, are ranting about gasoline prices and blaming President Barack Obama.

What Gingrich, the self-proclaimed expert in history, ignores is that gasoline prices were higher under President George Bush!

In the summer of 2008, the national average was $4.12 per gallon. They also forget that it was Bush who proclaimed, during a State of the Union address, that “America is addicted to oil.”

And, they ignore the fact that domestic production of oil has increased nearly 10 percent under Obama.

“Drill, baby, drill” is not the answer.

The facts don’t fit the rhetoric and what they Republicans hope is that people are too lazy to find out the truth.

— Don Logerwell, Seattle

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