Top 10 Harmful Ways Democrats Hit Energy Consumers

Compiled by the office of House Republican Leader John Boehner (Ohio).
Last year, when Democrats were voting “no” on GOP proposals to increase energy supplies and refinery capacity to lower fuel prices for consumers, they told the American people they had a “commonsense plan” of their own to lower gas prices. As it turns out, Democrats have no comprehensive plan. News from across the country highlights how Americans are suffering at the hands of the Democrats’ dithering:

1. Gas price hike hits those in lower-income brackets
“No one is seeing the effects of high gas prices more than those who have made careers of helping working-class and low-income families stay afloat…. High gas prices mean more families than ever are facing hard choices to keep gas in the tank, social service professionals agreed.” The Daily Record (Wooster, Ohio), June 11, 2007

2. High fuel prices heighten farmer fears
“[Draught] is damaging crops and cutting even deeper into farmers’ pockets because of the high price of fuel to operate irrigation systems.” WALB News (Albany, Ga.), June 11, 2007

3. Transportations fares may go up for seniors and disabled
“[Community Action and Development Director] Kennedy said she is concerned about the impact on [bus] ridership but said she can’t get a reasonable $500,000 budget to balance without an increase due to a double whammy of increasing fuel prices and the pending boost in the minimum wage.” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 10, 2007

4. Gas prices hit American consumers, economy as a whole
“These high prices have serious consequences for individual consumers and for the economy as a whole. In the simplest terms, more money spent on gasoline means less money to spend elsewhere….We have less income to spend on other purchases or to sock away into our savings accounts.” Arkansas Morning News, June 9, 2007

5. American Eskimos communities running on empty
“Remote villages [such as] Shungnak have long been fragile economies with little to offer residents by way of jobs and opportunity. High fuel prices have made a bad situation worse, threatening the survival of Shungnak, as well as more than a hundred other remote villages.” Wall Street Journal, June 9, 2007

6. High gas prices squeeze cities
“Rocked by fuel-bill increases that in some cases top $100,000 a year, municipal governments and school districts across Southeastern Michigan are scrambling to slash transportation costs.” Detroit News, June 9, 2007

7. Rising gas prices causing pain at the supermarket
“What do the prices of a gallon of milk, a pound of chicken, an ice cream cone and two cheese pizzas have in common? They are all going up for the same reason: The increasing cost of a gallon of gas.” Naples (Florida) Daily News, June 8, 2007

8. Soaring gas prices could send milk above $5 per gallon
“Experts are warning that dairy prices are about to take off this summer, in large part due to the crunch from higher energy costs. That means prices for everything from milk, cheese and even everyone’s summer favorite, ice cream, may rise.” NBC’s KSL News Radio (Salt Lake City, Utah), June 4, 2007

9. High gas prices affecting charities that help needy, hungry
“Since transportation is the heart and soul of services such as Meals on Wheels and the Second Harvest Food Bank, the record-high gas prices may mean hundreds of families could go hungry.” KXLY News (Spokane, Wash.), May 30, 2007

10. Rising gas prices cause hardship for low-income drivers
“The price spike has lots of people grumbling at the pumps, but some people are feeling the pinch more than others. People with low incomes and tight budgets are having to make unpleasant choices in order to make ends meet.” Minnesota Public Radio, May 23, 2007