From the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC)…
Vice President Biden Claims the Democrats’ Approach to Energy is “the Best it’s Ever Been” as Average Price of Gas Climbs to $4.21 a Gallon in Illinois
WASHINGTON — Despite the soaring gas prices in Illinois and across the country, Bill Foster’s prospective Democrat leaders in Washington continue to act as if there isn’t a problem at all. In fact, just yesterday Vice President Joe Biden claimed that “our energy policy is the best it’s ever been” when apparently referring to the Washington Democrats’ war on energy that has stifled domestic production and seen costs skyrocket. Since the average price for a gallon of gas in Illinois is now at $4.21 a gallon, does Foster also think the Democrat status quo on energy is the best they can do?
“Apparently Bill Foster’s Democrat allies in Washington are proud that their war on energy has resulted in Illinois families paying $4.21 per gallon on average at the gas pump,” said NRCC Communications Director Paul Lindsay. “Does Foster also think that the Washington Democrat energy policies that have seen gas prices double since President Obama took office are the best they can possibly be?”
Vice President Joe Biden claimed that Washington Democrat policies are they best they’ve ever been:
REPORTER: “Gas prices are above $4.00 a gallon, you were asked this question, and you gave an answer. But there’s a new commercial out that says “since Obama has become president, prices have nearly doubled. Four years in, should you all have a better energy policy in America?
VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN: “I think our energy policy is the best it’s ever been.” (“Biden: ‘Our Energy Policy Is The Best It’s Ever Been,’” Real Clear Politics, 4/4/12)
But the price for a gallon of regular unleaded in Illinois is now averaging at $4.21. (AAA’s Daily Fuel Gauge Report, Accessed 4/5/12)
And instead of helping, the energy tax policies Washington Democrats tout most on the campaign trail these days would actually increase the price of gasoline for families already struggling at the pump:
“The Administration estimates that the tax changes outlined in the budget proposal would provide $22.8 billion in revenues over the period 2012 to 2016, and over $43.6 billion from 2012 to 2021. These changes, if enacted by Congress, also would reduce the tax advantage enjoyed by independent oil and natural gas companies over the major oil companies. On what would likely be a small scale, the proposals also would make oil and natural gas more expensive for U.S. consumers and likely increase foreign dependence.” (Robert Pirog, “Oil and Natural Gas Industry Tax Issues in the FY2012 Budget Proposal, Congressional Research Service, 3/3/12)