. . . And for Congress to help on oil

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor -

We are be­ing ham­mered by es­ca­lat­ing gas prices, and our Congress is the rea­son why.

In 1980, there were 320 oil re­finer­ies in the United States. Now there are only 150 due to in­sane whacko en­vi­ron­men­tal reg­u­la­tions sup­ported by Congress. At the same time, gaso­line use has in­creased by 40 per­cent. We have not built a new re­fin­ery since 1976, again due to con­gres­sional cow­ardice in not stand­ing up to tree-hug­ging ex­trem­ists.

We only drill in 10 pr­cent of the avail­able oil re­sources in the Gulf of Mex­ico, and we are not drilling in ANWR. Same rea­son. Clin­ton ve­toes ANWR drilling in his ad­min­is­tra­tion. Had he not done so, that oil would now be com­ing on line.

For­eign oil de­pen­dence funds Arab ex­trem­ists who have vowed to kill us. To con­tinue send­ing dol­lars to the Mid­dle East and not de­velop our own re­sources is noth­ing less than trea­son.

Write your con­gress­man or sen­a­tor. We must de­velop our own re­sources. If they dis­agree or ig­nore you, vote against them. Also de­mand they re­peal fed­eral gaso­line taxes to ease the bur­den on us. They could make up the lost fed­eral rev­enue by re­peal­ing the last three or four un­de­served con­gres­sional pay raises they voted for them­selves at the speed of light in the dead of night. If your rep­re­sen­ta­tive puts his per­sonal en­rich­ment over the cri­sis you are hav­ing in your bud­get, he needs to go. Vote against him. he is the rea­son this prob­lem ex­ists. In a private busi­ness, em­ploy­ees who acted like our rep­re­sen­ta­tives wouldn’t get pay raises. They would be fired. We need to fire in­cum­bents in Novem­ber. Don­ald N. Baker Lam­pasas, Texas

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