May
23
2011

NYT and Bogus Gas Price Rhetoric

The New York Times had a good editorial on May 20 headlined"Gas Prices and Political Pandering." The paper slammed Republican rhetoric about domestic production and gas prices: [Sen. Mitch] McConnell said his bill would bring relief at the pump by raising domestic output. That is fiction. Production will take years to come online and even then would have a tiny impact on prices set on the world market. And they also pointed out that Obama was making similar arguments: Last weekend, he, too, was out there pitching domestic production…. None will quickly lead to new drilling or have any effect […]

May
06
2011

More Nonsense on Gas Prices

Today it's the New York Times (5/6/11) framing the story according to nonsensical GOP talking points: House Passes a Bill to Expand Offshore Oil Drilling JOHN M. BRODER WASHINGTON — With rising gasoline prices and skyrocketing oil company profits as a backdrop, the House approved a bill on Thursday to force the Obama administration to accelerate oil lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico and off the coast of Virginia. The 266-to-149 vote, largely along party lines, was a skirmish in the larger battle between Republicans and Democrats to capitalize on consumer anger over the price of gasoline, which has […]

May
03
2011

NBC's Curious Gas Guest

NBC Nightly News on Saturday (4/29/11) had a pretty standard report on the politics of gas prices: Republicans blame Obama, and some Democrats are talking up the idea of raising taxes on oil companies. "Democrats call the profits excessive, and portray Republicans as wedded to oil interests," correspondent Mike Viqueira explained. Then NBC introduced an expert, who had this somewhat curious take: VIQUEIRA: With Congress returning Monday from a two-week break, experts say there is little that Washington can do to lower the short-term price per gallon. In the end, what may bring down the high prices of gas is […]