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Brian Wilson: If You Want Cheaper Gas, Stop Whining About Oil Refineries in Your Backyard

Reported by Janie - April 25, 2006

Yesterday (4/24) on "Special Report with Brit Hume", Fox Correspondent Brian Wilson filed a report on the rising gas prices and Washington's response. The report, as usual, was superficial, and did not address any of the real concerns of consumers while at the same time partially blaming them for the skyrocketing costs.

The entire segment focused on Washington's response to the crisis, and repeated more than once that there was no real solution. Wilson and the "experts" he interviewed during the segment claimed all Washington will be able to do is hold hearings, talk about what's going on and point fingers.

Wilson closed the segment with this wild statement, "The problem from a political stand point is that voters often complain about expensive gasoline, but then they turn around and tell their elected officials that they don't want to do many of the things that would make the long-term situation better. Things like drilling in ANWR, off the coast of Florida or California. Building refineries, maybe in their own backyard."

Comment: Yes! The voter does want to do something that would make the long-term situation better: find alternative fuel sources and get off oil! It's the corporations and the government that are attempting to keep that from happening - not the American consumer.

Not once during the entire segment did Wilson actually address the deeper reason consumers are angry. It's not that gas prices are so ridiculously high, most would be able to deal with that if it weren't for the oil companies bringing home record profits (such as Exxon, which posted a $10 billion profit in ONE quarter). The consumer is being told that there is a lack of oil which is leading to these high costs, but oil CEOs are taking home $400 million severance packages.

Once again, Fox showed they would rather assuage their corporate masters, and attempted to pin the blame not on greedy corporations, but on the U.S. consumer.

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