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Flashback 2004: Kerry Blames Bush for $1.80 per Gallon Gas!

As we approach $4 per gallon gas on our way to $5 and higher, it is good to remember how Democrat John Kerry looked at high gas prices back in 2004 at Chron:

“This administration has done nothing with OPEC to reduce the gas prices,” Kerry said during a rally at the University of California, San Diego. The city has the nation’s highest average gas prices at $2.12 a gallon.

Kerry also called on Bush to halt filling the Strategic Petroleum Reserves, which some Democrats contend drives up the cost of fuel for U.S. consumers in an already tight market with record prices. Gasoline prices reached a national average of $1.80 a gallon in the past two weeks, according to the private Lundberg Survey.

I would say a vast reserve of $1.80 a gallon gas makes President Bush look like a genius with the $4 price tag these days.

And Reuters reported in May, 2004:

PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) – With the retail price of gasoline topping $2 a gallon for the first time, Democratic White House hopeful John Kerry on Tuesday chided President Bush for failing to offer hard-hit consumers any help.

The Massachusetts senator’s Democratic colleagues plan to pressure the Bush administration to lower gas costs by demanding that up to 60 million barrels of crude oil be released from the nation’s emergency stockpile, but Kerry said last week he would not tap the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR).

In remarks prepared for delivery to a roundtable discussion on economic opportunity in Portland, Kerry promised to provide relief by suspending filling the SPR, working more effectively with oil-producing nations and enacting simpler and cleaner national fuel strategies.

“Yesterday, gas prices soared to more than $2 a gallon, but this administration still has not done anything to help” Kerry said. “Their inaction is costing working Americans their jobs, their savings and the opportunity to get ahead.”

The national average retail gasoline price is forecast to peak in June and remain high throughout the summer, according to the U.S. Energy Department. Higher fuel prices will be felt by motorists planning summer vacations, as well as airline passengers, trucking companies and others.

The White House has been criticized for taking crude oil off the market to fill the SPR even while the national retail price for gasoline soared. Over the past week, it jumped 7.6 cents a gallon to a record high of $2.017 a gallon on Monday.

Kerry said Oregon families had been particularly hard hit, paying $2.25 a gallon and adding $1,006 to their annual bills.

Seems like Democrats had a low threshold for high gas prices back in 2004, and a “genuine” concern for the “poor” Americans paying 2 bucks a gallon. At least when there was a Republican in the White House.

These days, banning drilling and forcing up the price of gas and energy is not a big concern for Dems.

One must imagine that in November 2012, Independents and many Democrats will be very reluctant to drive to the polls to vote for a president who plans to see an even higher price on gas as necessary to push America into “not ready for prime time” green energy.

And it is amazing that Senator Kerry no longer sees high gas prices as a job killer.

About Tom White

Tom is a US Navy Veteran, owns an Insurance Agency and is currently an IT Manager for a Virginia Distributor. He has been published in American Thinker, currently writes for the Richmond Examiner as well as Virginia Right! Blog. Tom lives in Hanover County, Va and is involved in politics at every level and is a Recovering Republican who has finally had enough of the War on Conservatives in progress with the Leadership of the GOP on a National Level.

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