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March 17, 2012 at 4:00 PM

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Many blame rise in gas prices on the president

Changing messages about oil production

Editor, The Times:

What a difference time makes.

Four years ago, we were experiencing high and rising gasoline prices, as we are today. [“Experts: Gas prices not president’s fault,” News, March 14.]

The political campaign rhetoric then was it was all the fault of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, who were manipulating prices through their oil-company-crony connections, for their own financial gain. Today we are being told instead that there is nothing a president, nor anyone else can do to affect gasoline prices. The message has changed. Why?

We are being told that drilling will have no impact on prices. Yet, when George W. Bush convinced Congress to expand offshore drilling, gasoline prices suddenly plummeted. Interestingly, after everybody had been sworn in for their new terms, the Congress reneged and went back on its word.

We rejected the Keystone Pipeline, which would have generated thousands of jobs and given us a less-costly, more-secure source of energy. We loan Brazil billions of dollars, $0.40 of each of which are borrowed, to expand its oil production, yet discourage our own.

If I might quote John C. Foggerty, “Who’ll stop the rain?”

— Ralph Dobson, Arlington

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