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GOP leader says Democrats, radical environmentalists to blame for gas prices

RAW STORY
Published: Tuesday April 25, 2006

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House Majority Whip Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) today blamed Democrats and "radical environmentalists" for high gas prices today in a press release, RAW STORY has learned. The release follows.

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House Majority Whip Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) today called on House Democrats to stop finger pointing and join Republican efforts to increase gasoline supply and lower prices at the pump.

Blunt, a member of the House Energy & Commerce Committee, said, "We did not arrive at this energy crisis overnight; it is a direct result of years of unreasonable, burdensome regulations and obstruction on the part of radical environmentalists.

"The same Democrats who voted against increasing our energy supply, expanding our refining capacity, and exploring alternative sources now have the audacity to point fingers and place blame. Opposing responsible plans to increase our energy supply is reckless, and Americans will pay the price at the pump this summer."

Blunt is a leader in the effort to limit the number of specialty or "boutique" fuels. Environmentalists pressed for these special seasonal blends, which have had the direct effect of raising gas prices. The author of the Boutique Fuels language included in the energy bill passed last year, Blunt worked for several years to cap the number of these special fuel blends and allow communities faced with shortages a waiver to use conventional gasoline. The president used the waiver under the Blunt language in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita to prevent gas shortages and the resulting price increases across the nation.

The comprehensive energy bill passed the House last year; 161 Democrats voted against it. The conference report on the legislation was signed into law by President Bush despite the opposition of 125 House Democrats.