On Saturday, President Bush said this (among other things):

It’s time for members of Congress to address the pain that high gas prices are causing our citizens. Every extra dollar that American families spend because of high gas prices is one less dollar they can use to put food on the table or send a child to college. The American people deserve better.

“Addressing the pain” means removing the 27 year old ban on offshore drilling in Bush’s opinion. The fact that Bush seems to think opening up protected lands for drilling is going to help our gas prices is crazy (IMO) — I hope Congress stands firm and does something for the long-term instead of making a stupid decision that will harm our already troubled environment. Removing the ban would just be yet another bandaid that won’t solve anything in the long term.

  • Kat

    Regardless of what is happening on Capital Hill, here are two tips that can help consumers right now with high gas prices: keep your tires property inflated to improve gas mileage by 3% and decrease your speed (each five miles per hour over 60 mph is like paying an additional 20 cents per gallon for gas). Try checking out the Drive $marter Challenge ( http://www.drivesmarterchallenge.org ) for additional tips. – Kat, Alliance to Save Energy