Senate Republican Leader McConnell asks Democrats: "That's Your Plan?" on energy

When the Democrats took control of Congress with overwhelming numbers and the White House in 2008, the price of gasoline was about 45% of the price that it is now.  Indeed, on Barack Obama's inauguration day, the price of a gallon of gasoline was only $1.86.  It is now a whopping $4.00 per gallon and in many places in America, gasoline costs $5.00 per gallon.  This is from an administration whose president said that gasoline prices must necessarily rise during his administration.  This is one of the very rare promises Barack Obama has kept.
 
Obama's Energy Secretary Stephen Chu said that America needs to have gasoline prices as high as Europe's gasoline prices (in the range of $6.00 to $7.00 per gallon.)  In December Chu said:  "Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe."  For this statement alone, Energy Secretary Chu should be fired. 
 
The leader of the Republicans in the Senate, Senator Mitch McConnell from Kentucky released a statement asking what the Democrat energy plan is.  There is none, except to raise taxes on oil companies which, of course, they will pass right along to the American driver.  Here is Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell's press release:

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That’s Their Plan?

`So let me get this straight: Higher gas prices, fewer American jobs, and more dependence on our foreign competitors at the expense of American energy? That’s their plan? No thanks.’

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor Wednesday regarding the Democrats’ plan to raise taxes on American energy production:

“Yesterday, Democrats unveiled yet another attempt to slow American energy production, this time through a tax hike on American energy. They acknowledged however that this will not lower the price of gas, and they’re right.

“The Congressional Research Service tells us that raising taxes on American energy will do two things: increase the price of gas and increase our dependence on foreign competitors.

“By taxing American energy production, they’re also outsourcing American jobs.

“So let me get this straight: Higher gas prices, fewer American jobs, and more dependence on our foreign competitors at the expense of American energy? That’s their plan? No thanks.“

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