TAXPAYER WATCHDOG GROUP CALLS ON CLINTON TO TAKE ACTION ON FUEL PRICES | Citizens Against Government Waste

TAXPAYER WATCHDOG GROUP CALLS ON CLINTON TO TAKE ACTION ON FUEL PRICES

Press Release

For Immediate ReleaseContact:  Jim Campi or Aaron Taylor

March 22, 2000

(202) 467-5300

 

(Washington, D.C.) -- The Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW) this week called on President Clinton to take action to address rising fuel prices.  CCAGW noted that the Clinton Administration's past energy policies have contributed to the current high price of fuel, imposing an undue burden on America's families and businesses.

In a letter to President Clinton, CCAGW President Thomas Schatz cited the 4.3 cent per gallon gas tax hike increase which was part of the 1993 budget agreement.  President Clinton advocated this tax increase as a measure to reduce the federal budget deficit.  "The budget deficit is history," wrote Schatz.  "As a result, the basis for this 4.3-cent tax is no longer valid.  In total, the federal government imposes 18.4 cents in tax for every gallon of gas Americans need to purchase in driving their children to school and soccer games, and 24.3 cents for every gallon of diesel truckers purchase to deliver food and other goods throughout the country."

Schatz also noted that American consumers could benefit from lower gas prices if the Clinton administration would reduce burdensome regulations on the production and distribution of oil products. "These policies have made America more dependent on foreign oil and more vulnerable to price-fixing by the international oil cartel," he added.

Due to Clinton-Gore environmental and energy policies, 36 American refineries have closed since 1992.  No new refineries have been built since 1976.  Despite a 14 percent increase in consumption, U.S. oil production is down 17 percent since 1992.  "The oil is there, but the policies of our own government have forced us to rely on foreign nations," Schatz said.

In closing, Schatz reminded the president of the admonition of his own Secretary of Energy, Bill Richardson:  "It is obvious that the federal government was not prepared.  We were caught napping.  We got complacent."

CCAGW is the lobbying arm of Citizens Against Government Waste, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating waste, fraud, mismanagement and abuse in government.

 

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