Democrats Float Bill to Curb Gasoline Demand
- Anxious to look like they’re doing something about rising oil and gas prices -- but unwilling to expand domestic oil drilling -- Democrats have introduced a bill that’s supposed to ease pain at the pump by offering alternatives to driving.
The bill does nothing to increase domestic energy supply.
Instead, it’s focused on the demand side of the equation, and that’s earned it kudos from environmental activists."Translation: They Wan't to 'Educate Us To Use Less Energy, "Keyoto Reduxe "!
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According to the Form 990 filed by Environmental Defense with the IRS as required by law, in 2004 he earned $357,057 in salary and $51,113 in other compensation as president.
Krupp serves on the board of the H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics and the Environment, the John F. Kennedy School of Government Environment Council and the Leadership Council of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He has served on the President’s Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiations for Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.
According to the Environmental Defense Fund,
the bill -- called the Transportation and Housing Options for Gas Price Relief Act of 2008 -- would allocate taxpayer money to:
-- expand public transportation;
-- encourage “pay-as-you-drive” auto insurance policies that reward low-mileage drivers with lower insurance premiums;
-- reduce commuting costs by providing incentives to employers and employees to take transit, bicycle, carpool, walk, or telecommute to work;
-- help local governments create "walkable, bikeable" communities;
-- help Americans make "smart" transportation and housing choices by educating them about their options;
-- create “location efficient mortgages" that would make owning a home near transit more affordable.
This is my favorite proposal. I am not making this up:
"- create “location efficient mortgages" that would make owning a home near transit more affordable. - "
Where's the cutoff? Within a 1/2 mile of the bus line you get 6%, between 1/2 mile and one mile you get 6.5%, and over 1 mile you get 7%?
I will say this again - I am not making this up!
Republicans say instead of spending money to curb demand, Democrats should think about boosting supply.
Republicans insist it’s time to drill for more oil on American soil. They have adopted an “all-of-the-above” approach to energy policy that includes expanded domestic drilling as well as conservation and development of energy alternatives.