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$3 Bill: Clinton's Costly Energy Legacy

Thursday, 17 May 2001 12:00 AM

With U.S. dependence on foreign oil now in excess of fifty percent, pressure at the gas pumps is coming home to roost as the national average price is at or near $2.00 per gallon. And many are predicting that the summer driving season could peak at $3.00 per gallon.

Ouch!

But that's what Bill Clinton and Al Gore have left us with: chaos at the pumps, blackouts in California, and no national energy policy whatsoever.

Beginning in 1992 with Junior Gore's Leftist tome, Earth in the Balance, team Clinton opted for Green-inspired rhetoric over thoughtful, market-based solutions.

We all remember well Gore's characterization of the internal combustion engine as the greatest threat to mankind and his Carteresque advocacy of high gasoline prices as a means of forcing conservation.

But there are other more important actions taken over the past eight years that continue to exacerbate the energy situation today. (See

Based on the ridiculous notion that exploration, extraction and refining of oil reserves necessarily equates to environmental disaster, Clinton/Gore froze U.S. domestic oil production at the then-status quo.

Leases were cancelled and costly penalties were paid by the taxpayers; for nothing!

Huge reserves on both the East and West coasts were placed off limits, as were deep reserves in the Gulf of Mexico and the southwest. And ANWR - the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge - was mindlessly shut off from any production.

This despite the fact that with modern, environmentally safe technologies and techniques, oil and natural gas production can be pursued with virtually no negative impact.

But the facts never matter to the Left; as always their only goal is to undermine U.S. interests while catering to the latest warm and fuzzy poll-driven pap.

Americans are paying the price again -

So the next time you pull into your local filling station and wince at the price, remember

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Dan Frisa represented New York in the United States Congress and served four terms in the New York State Assembly.

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