Thursday, April 27, 2006
What should be done to lower gas prices?
Our Congress has been trying to formulate a plan to deal with the staggering gas prices we are currently faced with. The Senate Republicans have assembled a proposal that would send $100 to every taxpayer in America, and would open the door for drilling in Alaska. The Democrats in the Senate are proposing an idea of initiating a 60-day fuel tax holiday.
First off, I'm not a fan of either solution. Both seem to be nothing more than knee-jerk reactions to a major problem facing our country today. Both are VERY short-tem solutions to a long term problem.
The Republican idea of sending everyone $100 is simply awful. How much though went into that? Not much is my guess. Everyone will blow their hundred dollers quicly and then still be left wih high gas prices.
The Democrats plan, I believe, is a better, more thought-out plan. By lifting the federal fuel tax, citizens will see immediate relief to the gas prices and will continue to see this relief for a whopping 60 days.
We need a long-term solution!
We need to find viable alternative fuels. We need to produce more fuel-effecient automobiles. We need to decrease our dependence on oil from the Middle East. If this means we nee to drill in Alaska, I'm not totally opposed to that, but I don't think that will solve the problem.
To alleviate confussion about issues involving gas prices, I recommend you read this article from the How Stuff Works site.