Wednesday, May 28, 2008

More from Boyda's Gas Price Press Conference

Some more from yesterday's press conference on the price of gasoline held by Congresswoman Nancy Boyda and reported in the Topeka Capital-Journal.

A further sample of what Congress has tried to do to address the problem of gas prices in both the short- and long-term:

Boyda said Congress approved fuel efficiency standards to 35 miles per gallon by 2020. A reduction in consumption and the use of such alternative energy as wind, solar and biofuels will bring down the price of oil.

She said Congress approved a bill that stops the filling of the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve, which holds about 700 million barrels of oil. She said a temporary suspension of government purchases could reduce oil and gas prices by as much as 24 cents per gallon.

Boyda has also voiced support of the concept of a national gas tax holiday (as long as those lost infrastructure repair dollars are made up somewhere else) and, again, has voted for expanded exploration for domestic supplies of fossil fuels.

It's nice to have a Member of Congress who is proactive, isn't it?

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