I heard Sean Hannity talking about oil prices today on the radio and about how Hillary Rotten Clinton is requesting a release of oil from the strategic oil reserves to help force a drop in the price of oil.. This makes her look like a hero and a do-gooder in the eyes of the gullible masses, however she failed to take into account the real reasons for the high price of a barrel of crude, some of which include:
1) The US imports 60% of it's oil. That leaves us at the whim of the country producing that oil.
2) The environmentalist crusaders and their agendas have had sucess in persuading lawmakers to prevent construction of new refineries (no new refineries built in the US for over 30 years), as well as preventing exploration for new sources of domestic crude oil, also the tapping of large known oil fields (Anwar, off-coast, etc.), Existing domestic refineries are currently running at full capacity. The lawmakers also have their sights set on the gradual ending of COAL MINING.
It has been explained that the environmental effects of drilling in Anwar or other areas is minimal and doing so would allow the US to produce enough crude to be energy independent, resulting in a lowering of the rising cost of fuel. The actual profit in a gallon of gas to the refineries is about 8%, a large part of the price of gas is TAXES. I don't see the government lowering these taxes to help lower fuel prices! Why...because taxes are needed to fund the government.
Instead people like Hillary focus on spending our tax money on...well here's the link to what she says she would do....http://www.hillaryclinton.com/issues/energy/
Some politicians are more concerned with their image and their legacy in the history books then the actual hard facts surrounding an issue and how to best resolve it. Some of the things an honest politician would have to do would not be the most popular idea and may cement his defeat at the next election, it's a shame most of them are more concerned with climbing the political ladder and becoming Queen Of The World.
Just my 2 cents...