Gas prices are on the rise again after a brief but welcome downturn. A frequent contributor to this page, a self-professed political liberal who often sarcastically ridicules the Tri-City community for its political conservatism, wrote to complain that President Obama gets blamed for high gas prices but receives no credit when prices fall.
Shocker! This would be like rightly blaming the arsonist for torching a house, then grumbling that the firebug got no praise when real firefighters came and doused the flames.
Obama is an unapologetic advocate of high gas prices. It's an opportunity for his government to collect big taxes while forcing the "folks" to curtail their use of this evil energy source.
If somebody should get a little credit for attempting to ease the burden of energy production and expense, forget Obama. Consider instead U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings. On Wednesday at TRAC, he will conduct a public hearing by The House Natural Resources Committee, which he chairs.
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While this hearing will focus on the benefits of increasing hydro-power production, any serious attempt to support real advancement of these vital energy components should gratify us all.
HENRY JOHNSON, Kennewick