Democrats and Republicans continue to blame each other for the steadily increasing cost of gasoline to Americans. For a month now the weekend speeches delivered by congressmen on Saturday have focused on the contentious energy issue, repeating once again the usual rhetoric of blame.
President Obama’s position is clear- drilling by itself is not the answer to the question of a sustainable energy supply, while Representative Cory Gardner, Republican from Colorado said that the
"Obama administration has consistently slowed or shut down domestic energy production."
Obama says that the price of gas is mostly not under the control of the White House since, "the price of gas depends on a lot of factors that are often beyond our control."
Obama insisted that "It's easy to promise a quick fix when it comes to gas prices. There just isn't one," referring to remarks made by Newt Gingrich who is looking towards becoming the Republican contender for the presidential office in the coming elections.
"Anyone who tells you otherwise – any career politician who promises some three-point plan for $2 gas – they're not looking for a solution. They're just looking for your vote," Obama continued.
Congressman Gardner said some of what Obama said about the energy situation satisfies him, but he is disappointed that Obama does not seem to follow through on his own suggestions. Gardner would like to see Obama do more with energy taxes, pipeline projects and drilling at home.
"No, government alone cannot work wonders, but America's entrepreneurs and job creators, given freedom and opportunity, can," Gardner said. "It's up to us in Washington to remove costly, artificial barriers that stand in their way. The longer we let politicians like President Obama continue to block responsible American energy production, the longer our nation will continue to suffer with high gas prices and limited energy security."