Overreaching pump stump speech

With the political upheaval in Libya, speculators are predicting the price of oil to keep dropping. Even with that news, many Americans continue to feel the pain at the pump.
Oklahoma’s gas prices since August of 2009 have gone from an average of $2.60 a gallon to the current price of roughly $3.51 a gallon.
America’s rising cost of gas is still rivaled by most Europeans, including the British, the Irish, the Germans, the Italians and the French, who pay somewhere between $7.50 and $8 per gallon, according to the International Energy Administration.
On January 17, 2008, Obama told The San Francisco Chronicle he opposes coal-fired plants, which supply half of the nation’s electricity needs.
“If somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can,” Obama said, “It’s just that it will bankrupt them because they’re going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that’s being emitted.”
It may be important to invest in the energy of tomorrow, the fact is, we cannot get to that point without addressing the current energy crisis. We must take steps to ensure our nation is not held hostage to the prices set by the Middle East.
That means we need to look for sources of oil in Alaska. We shouldn’t abandon coal. America is to coal reserves what the Middle East is to oil. It’s not productive to discourage companies from utilizing this abundant natural resource. We need to accelerate technology that burns coal in a cleaner way because it is an abundant energy source in our country.
Over the long run, I believe we need to develop and implement new alternative energy sources and technologies; but for the short term, let’s work with what we have.

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