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Friday, April 28, 2006

Senators protest high gas prices

Too bad most of them hopped into SUVs afterwards.

The Washington Post ran a story by Dana Milbank outlining the protest by Senators using rhetoric similar to the following:

"Since George Bush and Dick Cheney took over as president and vice president, gas prices have doubled!" charged Sen. Barbara Boxer. "They are too cozy with the oil industry."

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) posed in front of the fuel prices and gave them a thumbs down. "Get tough on big oil!" he demanded.

Sen. Barbar then hopped in a waiting Chrysler LHS which only gets 18 mpg and Sen Charles Schumer jumped into a Hyundai Elantra. Too bad the trip back and forth to the gas station was only one block.

Don't think that Republicans got away from Milbank's keen observations on being 'addicted to oil.' It seems the Republicans were having their weekly caucus around the same time. The House driveway was jammed with cars, many idling, including eight Chevrolet Suburbans (14 mpg).

Amazingly, Senators are routinely shuttled back and forth from the Senate to their offices, even though it's only across the street. The greenest senator (in this context) is the Republican from Indiana, Richard Lugar, who was picked up by his hybrid Toyota Prius (60 mpg).

Self-serving self-service for senators -- Newsday.com

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2 comments:

JasonSpalding said...

Have you ever looked at a map of gas prices in the United Stated based on county? Have you compared it to the results shown on a map showing the winning presidential candidate by county?

Mike said...

No, I can't say that I have compared maps (although I have seen maps for each). I'm not sure what you are implying with statements like that.

I believe that gas prices and who tends to vote for whom (or which party) is correlated to socio-economic variables in each area.

On a related note, if anyone is interested in seeing a map of the gas prices: Gas Buddy

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