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RE: E-M:/ FW: Nothing to celebrate while gas prices so high

Enviro-Mich message from jmgear@acd.net

I don't understand.  High gas prices are the _only_ thing 
that has ever worked to reduce gas consumption, which is 
one of the most important goals to be desired by 

I may not _like_ high gas prices, but then I don't _like_ 
tetanus shots.  But I certainly celebrate the freedom from 
deadly illness provided by tetanus resistance, and would 
gladly celebrate gas priced at something approaching its 
true costs--which is something closer to $10/gallon rather 
than $3.

People who want to claim to be environmentalists need to 
recognize what an opportunity the imminent peak in oil 
production provides--if we tax oil and gas consumption 
appropriately, we could eliminate all other taxes, keep 
much more of Michigan's wealth in Michigan, help preserve 
an irreplaceable resource, and clean up the environment.

Oil is one of the most underpriced substances in the 
universe . . . which is why we waste so much, and cause so 
much environmental havoc as a result.  At $84 a barrel 
(about $4 a gallon for gasoline), oil is only 50 cents a 
quart, the cheapest liquid in the world, and the gasoline 
made from it is only $1 a quart, less than the $1.50 I see 
kids plugging into the machines to buy a PINT of sugar 

>"Rita Jack" <rita.jack@sierraclub.org> wrote:

>From: gov_office@MICHIGAN.GOV 
Sent: Wednesday, July 26, 2006 5:44 PM
Subject: Nothing to celebrate while gas prices so high

Bush Administration and Congress Toast Energy Bill 
Anniversary While
Consumers Get Roasted at the Pump

LANSING - One year following passage of comprehensive 
federal energy
legislation, Governor Jennifer M Granholm today criticized 
leaders in Washington for celebrating the new law's first 
anniversary while
gasoline prices and oil companies' profits soar to new 
record highs.

"The President and our congressional leaders ought to 
postpone celebrating a
policy that's hurting average families and instead pass new 
legislation that
gives consumers meaningful relief.  Filling champagne 
glasses in Washington
while Americans empty their wallets at the pump is just 
plain wrong," said

Granholm pointed out that with average gasoline prices 
passing $3.00 this
week, Americans are paying almost 60 percent more than they 
were in May,
2004.  At that time, the White House said that the 
President "believes, like
Americans do, that gas prices are too high."  The White 
House blamed high
gas prices on the fact that Congress had not yet passed the 
energy bill.  In early 2004, the average price of gas was 
$1.76 per gallon.

"I challenge President Bush and Republican congressional 
leaders to take
meaningful federal action to reduce record-high gas 
prices.  Almost 300,000
Michiganians joined me in asking for the President to act 
by signing my gas
price petition to lower gas prices and cap corporate oil 
profits," Granholm

Granholm has taken several actions to protect consumers 
from rising gas
prices in addition to calling on the President to cap oil 
profits in
September 2005 and again in her 2006 State of the State 
message.  Over the
past three years, Granholm has:

. increased gas pump inspections and called for legislation 
to require gas
station operators prove their pumps have been calibrated 
and are working
properly when they apply for renewal of their operator's 
license - state law
requires that licenses are renewed annually;

. sent a letter to the federal Commodities Futures Trading 
requesting they conduct an inquiry into all contributing 
factors in price
spikes, including any role speculators have played in 
driving the
inflation-adjusted price of oil and gasoline toward 
historic high levels;

. signed executive orders temporarily suspending state laws 
restricting the
supply of gasoline and increasing the diesel fuel supply 
and called on
Marathon Oil Corporation to reduce the price of gas for 
Michigan customers,
an action that resulted in an immediate drop in the price 
of gas by the
company - steps taken in the wake of Hurricane Katrina;

. directed the Michigan Department of Agriculture to 
conduct routine surveys
of gasoline prices and directed the department to refer 
information about
potential unfair pricing practices to prosecutors for 
possible legal action
- a step that led to the felony conviction of a Macomb 
County service
station caught defrauding customers;

. supported legislation to add a legal cause of action to 
the Michigan
Consumer Protection Act that would expressly ban the 
practice of price
gouging during states of emergency declared by the Governor.

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