To hear Cathy McMorris Rodgers talk--okay, not talk, perhaps she's preoccupied with getting Washington Republicans to vote for Romney--but post on Facebook, you'd think that there's some sort of bizarro land logic that links gasoline prices to President Obama's energy policy. Yesterday she has this to "say".
It's true gas prices are higher than before. It's also true they've been higher before. Our congresswoman has complained about high gas prices before but also left out important details that contribute to those high prices. Those details are still applicable today.
Demand for gas is down in the United States and production has been up, which means the US has been exporting gas. But that can be problematic.
There's at least one domestic downside to America's growing role as a fuel exporter. Experts say the trend helps explain why U.S. motorists are paying more for gasoline. The more fuel that's sent overseas, the less of a supply cushion there is at home.
So why doesn't the price come down?
The secret to making a profit in refining these days is for refiners to source crude oil domestically and then sell the refined products to US consumers at prices based on imported oil.
And let's not forget the role of speculators.
There's been a huge investment in wind energy production over the last few years and now that is in danger because The Republican House wants to allow the Production Tax Credit to expire at the end of this year claiming it's a waste of money. Jobs, claimed to be a number one priority for Republicans, are already being lost. What effect will this have? A loss of up to 37,000 jobs as well as a decrease in the amount of energy reaped from wind and a decrease in CO2 emissions offsets.
In the meantime, billions in subsidies. i.e., corporate welfare. continue to go oil companies who also continue to make billions in profits.
It appears Cathy McMorris Rodgers is less interested in informing and informed voters than she is in keeping the current president to a single term.