A few quick links from today’s Drudge Report regarding the subject of rising fuel costs. In the first link, President Bush warns of a “tough summer” ahead because of the rising price of gas, and I know we will feel it this year. We are planning on a family vacation that will take us through five states, driving nearly 3,000 miles. And because we plan to rent a car since we can no longer rely on ours to make it through a long cross-country trip, we will most likely be getting something with worse gas mileage. Anyway, back to the President. The article summarizes him this way:

But even as the president stressed Saturday that the government was making efforts to protect consumers from price-gouging, he said there was little he could do in the short term to alleviate the impact of higher oil prices.

But there is something that President Bush and the government can do to help alleviate the pain of high gas prices. And he brings it up later.

Bush also blamed the higher prices on a shortage of refinery capacity in the United States, and also on an ongoing shift in fuel additives and mixes that has caused supply hiccups in certain areas.

If the government and the BANANA* environmentalists would allow the U.S. to build more refineries, we would not be operating at maximum capacity as we are now. We are still suffering from refineries that are not at full capacity after the onslaught of Katrina. And if we skip the silly idea of specific gas formulas for different regions, the marketplace could react to temporary local shortages quickly. But not everyone is upset about the high price of gas.

The daughter of the founder of Earth Day says she doesn’t think gasoline prices are too high.

Tia Nelson, the daughter of former U.S. Sen. Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin, said “we pay less for a gallon of gas than anywhere else in the world. And if we paid what the Europeans paid we’d wouldn’t be driving vehicles that got 12 miles a gallon.”

The unspoken belief is that she’d be OK with much higher gas prices if it meant that fewer people would be able to spoil the planet with their noxious gas fumes. (Ms. Nelson seems to like the idea of higher gas prices because it would coerce or force others into living a lifestyle of which she approves. She categorically refuses to consider the needs of American families with many small children, for whom an SUV makes more sense to purchase than three or four smaller vehicles. Hey, they shouldn’t be breeding like that anyway, right? Elitist snob. –TPK) And there are people, like University of Texas professor Eric Pianka, who speak with relish about global pandemics that would wipe out 90% of the Earth’s population. It appears Pianka is a fan of Paul Ehrlich, the author of The Population Bomb. To sum their ilk up in a short phrase: there are too many of those people, and not enough of us. Spare me.

* BANANA = “Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anything”

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