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Wednesday, May 03, 2006 

Politicians Take Action On Gas Prices (Try not to laugh)

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Energy Secretary Sam Bodman said on Tuesday that high gasoline prices which have skyrocketed to a near record are a "crisis" for Americans.

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(BREITBART.com) Worried about the political heat from high gasoline prices, the House is preparing to vote on a bill that would impose criminal and civil penalties on any energy company caught price gouging.

The legislation, offered by Rep. Heather Wilson, R-N.M., calls for penalties of up to $150 million for refiners and other wholesalers and $2 million for retailers.

House leaders said a vote was expected as early as Tuesday afternoon.

A separate bill would streamline the permitting process for refinery expansion or construction of a new refinery.

With gasoline topping $3 a gallon across much of the country, lawmakers have been scrambling to put together legislation aimed at soothing public anger, hoping to demonstrate that Congress was doing something about high energy costs.

Super Scurry!

(Columbia-AP) May 2, 2006 - State Representative Todd Rutherford has found a way to fight higher gas prices.

The Columbia Democrat uses his new golf cart to go from his home to the State House, as well as his downtown office and courthouses. Rutherford says he bought the electric vehicle last fall when Hurricane Katrina sent gas prices to around $3 a gallon.

If they make a bunch of noise and shuffle around, do you still feel good about them TRYING real hard? How about they just take off some of the taxes? That is the quickest and most efficient way to lower gas prices… oh wait, that’s just CRAZY talk.

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