The Administration Dithers While China and Cuba Tap Our Own Oil Resources –
BOHEMIA, NY, Feb 3 – “Older Americans are getting clobbered by the Obama Administration’s energy policies aimed at steadily increasing gasoline prices until they reach ‘the levels in Europe’,” according to Dan Weber, president and founder of the Association of Mature American Citizens . Mr. Obama’s aim is to wean America off of fossil fuels in favor of green projects, he explained.
Weber has issued a challenge to the candidates running in the Republican primaries and caucuses in the coming months. He called on them to “address this critical issue, laying out a plan that will counter the damage already done and provide energy stability in the near-term and the long-term.”
The President and his Energy Secretary, Steven Chu, have established a “green agenda” when it comes to the nation’s future energy needs and they’ve already begun to execute on their strategy. “The facts speak for themselves,” says Weber.
“Most recently, President Obama abruptly stopped a bi-partisan movement in Congress to okay the Keystone XL Pipeline from Canada. This on top of the impediments he has put in place to stymie domestic production. The pipeline and increased drilling on shore and off shore would significantly reduce America’s dependence on oil from unfriendly sources who are able to manipulate prices at will, stabilizing prices going forward.
“But, it was Secretary Chu who let the cat out of the bag when he told the Wall Street Journal: ‘Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe’,” the AMAC chief adds.
It is important to note in this context that while the U.S. hesitates, the Chinese and the Cubans, two of the last Communist countries on the planet, have struck a deal to tap U.S. petroleum resources within sight of Key West, Florida, he notes. “We can’t drill for new oil in our own territorial waters, but the Commies have access to it by building rigs just a few miles farther out to sea.”
Higher gas prices have a domino effect on the cost of food and services that impacts seniors, particularly those who live on fixed incomes.
Weber tells the GOP candidates: “The pain is pervasive. Consider the fact that some ‘Meals-On-Wheels’ and ‘Access-a-Ride’ programs for the elderly, particularly in rural parts of the country, are being hit hard by the rising gas prices.
“What will happen if President Obama and Secretary Chu have their way and they achieve their goal of $8.00 a gallon? Our older Americans can’t afford it; the nation can’t afford it.”
NOTE TO EDITORS: Dan Weber is available for telephone interviews on issues and topics important to older Americans. Please contact John Grimaldi at [email protected] to set up a chat.