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    Default Don't Like High gas Prices? - Obama Says get used To It

    Obama says little short-term help for gas prices
    Obama pushes clean energy, says he can do little to affect gas prices in the short term

    Darlene Superville, Associated Press, On Wednesday April 6, 2011, 3:26 pm EDT
    FAIRLESS HILLS, Pa. (AP) -- Pitching the promise of energy independence, President Barack Obama cautioned Wednesday that it's going to be tough to transition from America's oil-dependent economy and acknowledged there's little he can do to lower gas prices over the short term.

    "I'm just going to be honest with you. There's not much we can do next week or two weeks from now," the president told workers at a wind turbine plant. It's a theme Obama's struck before as he tries to show voters he's attuned to a top economic concern with gas prices pushing toward $4 a gallon.

    Obama said he wants to move toward "a future where America is less dependent on foreign oil, more reliant on clean energy produced by workers like you." That will happen by reducing oil imports, tapping domestic energy sources and shifting the nation to renewable and less polluting sources of energy, such as wind, the president says. He has set a goal of reducing oil imports by one-third by 2025.

    But the president said it won't happen overnight and if any politician says it's easy, "they're not telling the truth."

    "Gas prices? They're going to still fluctuate until we can start making these broader changes, and that's going to take a couple of years to have serious effect," Obama said.

    Obama needled one questioner who asked about gas prices, now averaging close to $3.70 a gallon nationwide, and suggested that the gentleman consider getting rid of his gas-guzzling vehicle.

    "If you're complaining about the price of gas and you're only getting 8 miles a gallon, you know," Obama said laughingly. "You might want to think about a trade-in."

    The president spoke at a town hall meeting at Gamesa Technology Corp., a Spanish company that makes giant turbines that use wind to generate electricity. According to the White House, it is the first overseas company of its kind to set up shop in the U.S.

    Back in Washington, negotiations continued on a budget deal to avert a government shutdown Friday and Obama urged lawmakers to get it done. The president said he wants to cut spending, but not at the expense of cutting priorities like energy and education.

    As fuel prices rise because of growing demand worldwide and political unrest in oil-producing nations in North Africa and the Middle East, drivers are feeling pinched at the pump. Republicans blame Obama and his policies and he, in turn, is striving to show the public that he gets it.

    Gasoline prices rose another 2 cents Tuesday to a new national average of just over $3.68 a gallon, according to AAA and other sources. Obama's visit to Gamesa was his fourth energy event since March 11. He's scheduled a fifth for Friday in Indianapolis.

    Obama argues that shifting to cleaner and domestic energy sources will help create jobs and boost U.S. competitiveness.

    Education is another item on Obama's competitiveness agenda. That issue was to be the focus of a speech he was giving later Wednesday to the Rev. Al Sharpton's civil rights group in New York City. Obama's appearance keeps a promise he made to the National Action Network when he spoke there as a presidential candidate in 2007. Obama pledged to return, win or lose.

    He returns just two days after launching his re-election bid. He is facing a key constituency that at times has scolded him for not being attentive enough to certain issues, such as double-digit black unemployment, but continues to hold him in high regard.

    Obama deflects such criticism by arguing that his polices to expand the economy, create jobs and improve the education system, among other goals, will help the country as a whole, blacks included.

    Ninety-five percent of blacks who voted, opted for Obama in 2008. A Gallup poll released last week showed his job approval among blacks holding at 84 percent, about the same as six months earlier.

    AP National Writer Jesse Washington contributed to this report.
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    Of course BUMMA won't say anything about what the ethenol mess is doing to the price of corn!
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    Remember to check the air in your tires...
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    In the mean time how in the he$$ are we to get to work if we cant afford the gas? This moron is in so far over his head next thing you will see is he would have the likes of perry adviceing him. But rememer its Bushs fault when it comes to oil

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    I've never seen so many people rely on the government for affordable gas prices! Don't worry guys, the free market and oil corporations will settle on a fair price for you.

    As soon as the Transocean execs finish donating their "safety bonuses" to charity!

    (did anyone else feel slapped in the face by that one?)
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    Quote Originally Posted by dnf777 View Post
    I've never seen so many people rely on the government for affordable gas prices! Don't worry guys, the free market and oil corporations will settle on a fair price for you.

    As soon as the Transocean execs finish donating their "safety bonuses" to charity!

    (did anyone else feel slapped in the face by that one?)
    We are not relying on the gov't. We want Obama and the gov't to GET THE HELL OUT OF THE WAY. Drill Here Drill Now. Pay Less
    Last edited by huntinman; 04-06-2011 at 05:13 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dnf777 View Post
    I've never seen so many people rely on the government for affordable gas prices! Don't worry guys, the free market and oil corporations will settle on a fair price for you.

    As soon as the Transocean execs finish donating their "safety bonuses" to charity!

    (did anyone else feel slapped in the face by that one?)
    OK oh smarter than all. why does your man start issueing the permits the judge order him to and start more drilling off the gulf.

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    Quote Originally Posted by starjack View Post
    OK oh smarter than all. why does your man start issueing the permits the judge order him to and start more drilling off the gulf.
    Because my man isn't president. He was handed his hat by the republican primary machine, to make way for McCain/Palin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dnf777 View Post
    I've never seen so many people rely on the government for affordable gas prices! Don't worry guys, the free market and oil corporations will settle on a fair price for you.

    As soon as the Transocean execs finish donating their "safety bonuses" to charity!

    (did anyone else feel slapped in the face by that one?)

    Ha, If the governement would get out of the way with all their rules and regulations the price of oill would go way down.
    And what's with the Libian rebels loading up a tanker with a million barrels of oil and selling it to China? They should be giving it to the US as payment for all of those bombs that were dropped for them! At the very least it would be replacing some of the fuel the US military has used in that non war.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dnf777 View Post
    Because my man isn't president. He was handed his hat by the republican primary machine, to make way for McCain/Palin.
    Still did not anserw the question. DODGEING AGAIN

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