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Hannity Blames Democrats for High Price of Gas

Reported by Marie Therese - May 8, 2007 -

This past Sunday (May 6, 2007) Sean Hannity kicked off his weekly show, Hannity's America , with a snide little attack on the Democrats. "Well, a year ago," Hannity said, "Democrats used high gas prices to bash the President and get themselves elected. ... Now they told America that, if they were elected they would fix this problem and now the price of gas is higher than ever." It would seem that the research department at FOX News Channel has once again fallen flat on its face and allowed a host to make a royal fool of himself! I was able to find the Democrats' plan for energy independence very easily. It is reprinted below. Surely the crack researchers at FOX News could have let Hannity know of its existence! With video.

Nine days ago eight Democratic senators introduced legislation to tax the windfall profits of the big oil companies, something which will make Bill O'Reilly very happy. He's been calling for just such a tax for over a year!

As for Hannity, he just can't seem to wrap his brain around the idea that the Democrats have only held power for three months and it might just take a little bit longer than that to clean up the mess George Bush and the Republicans created in the past six years.

ENERGY INDEPENDENCE 2020
CREATING A CLEANER, GREENER AND MORE SECURE AMERICA

Democrats believe the Federal government must do a better job of protecting consumers, businesses, and farmers burdened by today's skyrocketing energy prices. We must also break our country's dangerous reliance on foreign energy. With leadership and vision, we can help ensure low cost supplies of sustainable energy that will improve America's security, reduce the burden on middle class families, and help clean our environment. That's why Democrats have a strategy to make America energy independent by the year 2020. We plan to:

* Prevent oil company price gouging, market manipulation, and disaster profiteering
* Increase energy market transparency and consumer choice at the pump
* Expand the Earned Income Tax Credit to cover increased household energy costs
* Provide car buyers with accurate fuel economy information
* Protect pristine public lands from short-sighted oil and gas exploitation
* Enhance funding for weatherization and low-income energy assistance in all climates

Launch an Apollo Project for Energy

* Free the US from foreign oil by 2020 by supporting research, development, and production of alternative energy sources..

Diversify and Expand Our Energy Supplies

* Establish a national electricity standard that requires greater use of renewable energy
* Enhance incentives for energy production from solar, wind, and geothermal
* Increase dramatically the production of domestically grown biofuels
* Increase environmentally friendly extraction of oil and gas from existing domestic sources
* Encourage construction of the Alaskan natural gas pipeline
* Support the development of a hydrogen economy
* Promote deployment of advanced clean coal technology with carbon capture and storage

Improve Energy Security and Reduce Price Volatility

* Create geographically diverse strategic gasoline and jet fuel reserves
* Streamline fuel specifications while maintaining state clean air protections
* Encourage the development of a smarter and more distributed electricity system

Reduce Demand for Oil and Natural Gas

* Lower petroleum use in the federal fleet and improve government conservation efforts
* Provide consumers with more fuel efficient vehicle choices
* Develop renewable substitutes to replace natural gas use in the petrochemical industry
* Improve infrastructure and electricity options for hybrids and plug-in hybrids
* Increase mass transit use and incentivize transit-oriented development
* Improve air traffic management to shorten flight times
* Reduce tractor trailer fuel needs by improving aerodynamics, logistics, and idling

Invest in Energy Efficiency and American Jobs

* Update efficiency standards for appliances and small engines
* Invest in math and science education for the next generation of energy engineers
* Ensure access to worker training and retraining in advanced energy technologies
* Leverage trade relationships to maintain competitiveness of energy-intensive U.S. manufacturers