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OBAMA READY TO SHUTDOWN THE LARGEST OIL WELL IN TEXAS.

OBAMA READY TO SHUTDOWN THE LARGEST OIL WELL IN TEXAS

 

 

Obama Clears the Way For America's 2 Largest Oil Wells to be Shutdown in Texas
ChicoER Gate ^ | 4/25/11 | Chuck Wolk

 



From the moment Richard Nixon created the EPA in 1970, and signed the Endangered Species Act (ESA) into law, they have been the primary engines of social change used by leftists environmental elitists to destroy America. They have done so by infiltrating the EPA, and the US Fish & Wildlife (USF&W) the agency which decides what animals will be listed as endangered. Now, 28 years later, these renegade environmentalist wackos are prepared to use the ESA to shut down oil and gas operations in portions of Southeast New Mexico and in West Texas, including the state's top two oil producing counties. All because of a tiny lizard they claim to be endangered, and Obama who has the power to put it on a waiting list has cleared the way for it to be listed.

     Through the years the EPA & the ESA have been used to shut down vast areas of America that we as Americans need to survive in a modern world. Areas that contain, rich farmland needed to grow food that both America and foreign countries need to feed billions of people. Forest areas so rich in timber that the price of building homes could be reduced dramatically if only we were allowed to harvest them. Instead, year after year we spend billions fighting fires that reduce the timber to ashes. When it comes to energy, these government paid earth worshipers have used their power to keep us from drilling for oil, and stand in the way of building needed power plants all across America. According to a recent Congressional report America has the largest oil, coal, and natural gas reserves in the world, if tapped we could be completely energy independent. Truth is, America has enough natural energy reserves, timberland, sustainable farm land, freshwater lakes and underground reservoirs that we could reduce the cost of living for each and every American by more than 50%, if only the governments chains of restrictions were removed.

     The earth worshiping environmentalists running the USF&W have used an owl to shut down logging in the Northwest, a mouse to shut down wheat farming in Colorado, a minnow and rat to end vegetable growing in California, a frog has closed fish hatcheries in the deep South, while the reintroduction of wolves are endangering the lives of ranchers, farmers, and hunters all across America from the Rockies to Maine.  Now they are planning to use a lizard to shut down two of Americas largest oil wells in Texas. We already have one of the largest oil reserves put off limits by the EPA in Anwar Alaska, while Obama is ignoring a Federal judges order to allow drilling to continue in the Gulf. This while almost every communist country in the world has oil wells operating in our backyard, the Gulf of Mexico.

     In a logical universe, we would have politicians that would do all they can to make sure Americans had a cost of living so low that no one in America would be struggling to make ends meet.  Instead these traitors would rather see Americans struggle to survive while they act as if their various government programs are saving the day. Never before in the history of the world has a countries leaders tried so hard to force its citizens to become so dependent and subservient to other countries. Many of which are our sworn enemies. Can anyone imagine Alexander, Caesar, or even George Washington forcing their citizens to humble themselves before an enemy of lesser power like Persia, Carthage, or England? No, only a modern day Judas, Ephialtes, or Benedict Arnold, would cause their own people to suffer the indignities our leaders so consistently force us to.

    The current threat to America's freedom comes from a 3 inch lizard called the Sceloporus Arenicolus, or better known as the Dunes Sagebrush Lizard or the Sand Dune Lizard. It was originally classified as a subspecies of the Sceloporus Graciosus, or Common Sagebrush Lizard. Before they designated the Dune Lizards as a separate species, there were so many of them you could feed them to the Chinese as a delicacy and never run out. It was in 2002 that the Center for Biological Diversity first petitioned to have the lizard listed as endangered. The Bush administration stood in the way of the lizard being listed for 6 years, but last year Obama cleared the way by ordering his administration to back off from delaying the listing. This in spite of the news that Obama has repeatedly refused to grant species the protection for which they are known to qualify adding them instead to the waiting list. So why did he allow this lizard to be listed? There can be only one reason, and that is because Obama wants to destroy America's ability to be energy free. So his relentless attack on America's energy capabilities continues. Go figure.

     There was a rally in Roswell NM last week on April 20th that had hundreds protesting the listing and there will be another one on Tuesday April 26th, in Midland Tx at the Midland Center that begins at 5 p.m. with Congressman Mike Conaway will speaking to the concerned citizens. Then on Wednesday April 27th, there will be a public hearing held at 6:30 p.m at the Midland Center. If you want to be heard then be there to support those at the front line in the battle to stop a lizard from shutting down Americas 2 largest working oil wells.

"It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate,
tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds
."

-- Samuel Adams --
Leader in our Fight for Independence


The following is from the Federal register PDF file.  In it the USF&W explains what they are attempting to accomplish through the Endangered Species Act,
(here is the link to the official PDF file)

 

    We, the USF&W, propose to list the dunes sagebrush lizard (Sceloporus Arenicolus), a lizard known from southeastern New Mexico and adjacent west Texas, as endangered under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended. If we finalize the rule as proposed, it would extend the Act's protections to this species. We have determined that critical habitat for the dunes sagebrush lizard is prudent but not determinable at this time.

    Proposed Listing Determination We have carefully assessed the best scientific and commercial information available regarding the past, present, and future threats to the dunes sagebrush lizard. The dunes sagebrush lizard faces immediate and significant threats due to oil and gas activities, and herbicide treatments. Habitat loss and fragmentation due to oil and gas development is a measureable factor impacting the species due to the removal of shinnery oak and creation of roads and pads, pipelines, and power lines that create habitat patches and increase the proportion of habitat edge to habitat interior. In addition, impacts that are not easily quantified such as climate change, competition, and pollution may exacerbate adverse effects caused by habitat loss. Cumulative threats to the dunes sagebrush lizard are not being adequately addressed through existing regulatory mechanisms. Oil and gas pollutants are a current and ongoing threat to the species throughout its range.

    We believe the following actions may jeopardize this species, and therefore we would seek to conference with BLM and NRCS on these actions:

  • The lease of land for oil and gas drilling,
  • Applications to drill,
  • Applications for infrastructure through dunes (including, but not limited to pipelines and power lines),
  • OHV activities,
  • Seismic exploration,
  • Continued oil and gas operations (release of pollution and routine maintenance),
  • Grazing leases,
  • Renewable resource activities, and
  • Chemical and mechanical removal of shinnery oak habitat.
  • Do not place power lines and fences through shinnery oak dune complexes;
  • Develop transmission corridors for pipelines and power lines;
  • Limit pollution by inspecting pipelines and equipment;
  • Develop and implement plans for cleaning oil spills;
  • Limit hydrogen sulfide emissions;
  • Maintain wells; and
  • Limit any further infrastructure that would remove the shinnery oak dunes.

    Possible measures that could be implemented to conserve the dunes sagebrush lizard and its habitat are:

     

  • Maintain 500-m (1640-ft) wide dispersal corridors in shinnery oak dunes for the dunes sagebrush lizards to disperse between habitat patches;
  • Discontinue chemical spraying within occupied or suitable habitat;
  • Place well pads outside of shinnery oak dunes and corridors between dune complexes;
  • Manage well density to limit development in habitat;
  • Minimize well pad size and carry out site reclamation;
  • Develop techniques to recreate shinnery oak dunes;
  • Limit OHV use in occupied habitat;
  • Minimize impacts of seismic exploration by thumper trucks;
  • Develop a public awareness program;

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Re: OBAMA READY TO SHUTDOWN THE LARGEST OIL WELL IN TEXAS.

Energy in America: EPA Rules Force Shell to Abandon Oil Drilling Plans
By Dan Springer

Published April 25, 2011
| FoxNews.com
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STARMAN

 


Shell Oil Company has announced it must scrap efforts to drill for oil this summer in the Arctic Ocean off the northern coast of Alaska. The decision comes following a ruling by the EPA’s Environmental Appeals Board to withhold critical air permits. The move has angered some in Congress and triggered a flurry of legislation aimed at stripping the EPA of its oil drilling oversight.

 

    Shell has spent five years and nearly $4 billion dollars on plans to explore for oil in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas. The leases alone cost $2.2 billion. Shell Vice President Pete Slaiby says obtaining similar air permits for a drilling operation in the Gulf of Mexico would take about 45 days. He’s especially frustrated over the appeal board’s suggestion that the Arctic drill would somehow be hazardous for the people who live in the area. “We think the issues were really not major,” Slaiby said, “and clearly not impactful for the communities we work in.”

    The closest village to where Shell proposed to drill is Kaktovik, Alaska. It is one of the most remote places in the United States. According to the latest census, the population is 245 and nearly all of the residents are Alaska natives. The village, which is 1 square mile, sits right along the shores of the Beaufort Sea, 70 miles away from the proposed off-shore drill site.

The EPA’s appeals board ruled that Shell had not taken into consideration emissions from an ice-breaking vessel when calculating overall greenhouse gas emissions from the project. Environmental groups were thrilled by the ruling.

     “What the modeling showed was in communities like Kaktovik, Shell’s drilling would increase air pollution levels close to air quality standards,” said Eric Grafe, Earthjustice’s lead attorney on the case. Earthjustice was joined by Center for Biological Diversity and the Alaska Wilderness League in challenging the air permits.

      At stake is an estimated 27 billion barrels of oil. That’s how much the U. S. Geological Survey believes is in the U.S. portion of the Arctic Ocean. For perspective, that represents two and a half times more oil than has flowed down the Trans Alaska pipeline throughout its 30-year history. That pipeline is getting dangerously low on oil. At 660,000 barrels a day, it’s carrying only one-third its capacity.

    Production on the North Slope of Alaska is declining at a rate of about 7 percent a year. If the volume gets much lower, pipeline officials say they will have to shut it down. Alaska officials are blasting the Environmental Protection Agency.

    “It’s driving investment and production overseas,” said Alaska’s DNR Commissioner Dan Sullivan. “That doesn’t help the United States in any way, shape or form.”

     The EPA did not return repeated calls and e-mails. The Environmental Appeals Board has four members: Edward Reich, Charles Sheehan, Kathie Stein and Anna Wolgast. All are registered Democrats and Kathie Stein was an activist attorney for the Environmental Defense Fund. Members are appointed by the EPA administrator. Alaska’s Republican senator thinks it’s time to make some changes.

   “EPA has demonstrated that they’re not competent to handle the process,” said Sen. Lisa Murkowski. “So if they’re not competent to handle it, they need to get out of the way.”

   Murkowski supported budget amendments that would have stripped the EPA of its oversight role in Arctic offshore drilling. The Interior Department issues air permits to oil companies working in the Gulf of Mexico.

 

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Re: OBAMA READY TO SHUTDOWN THE LARGEST OIL WELL IN TEXAS.

EL CONTUBERNIO DE OBAMA CON SOROS Y BRASIL 

  

 Soros,  BP  and  Obama:  Singing  From  the  Same  Hymnal

By Joy TizJune 16, 2010

Joy Tiz

 

      Even if we’re unsure exactly what that looks like. Even if we don’t yet know precisely how to get there. We know we’ll get there

Barack Obama

 

       Last week, I had an emergency root canal.  A root canal is an excruciating tribulation but once it’s over, you will be better off for it.  The same cannot be said of Obama’s Oval Office screed.

       A mere seven weeks into America’s  most damaging environmental emergency, our commander in chief assured us that he will lead us to someplace even though he has no clue where that someplace may be.  What he does know for an unqualified certainty is that only the government can get us to that chimerical someplace.

          The most repugnant parts of the oily speech were his efforts to use the language of war.  “Battle plan”, “fight” and” siege” skipped right over asinine into profane.  Once again, Obama’s deficient knowledge of American history was on full display when he told the world that during World War II, many doubted America’s capacity to produce necessary planes and tanks to win the war.  Who the hell ever doubted that?

       Obama used his airtime to denounce the evil capitalists at BP and reassure a nervous nation that he is going to make them pay.  He is going to “make” them put money in an escrow account to be managed by a “third party”.  There is no lawful authority that gives Obama the power to do any such thing.  Hate on BP all you want, but at no time has anyone at BP even suggested they could not or would not pay out claims sent their way.  Perhaps Obama would know that if he had met with the CEO sometime prior to day fifty-eight of the crisis.

  

     Nowhere in all of the twaddle was any hint that Obama was interested in actually plugging the a sss hole.  Obama’s SOP for dealing with a crisis is to outsource.  We should be relived to recall that shortly after the spill, the president deployed his A Team of bureaucrats, lawyers and outright lunatics, including Steven Chu—did you know he won a Nobel Prize? 

     That would be the same Steven Chu who wants us to paint our roofs white to combat fictitious climate change.  If Chu can’t get that ******* hole plugged, who can?  Obama  heroically appointed another unaccountable czar and established a national commission.  That should get the a sshole plugged post haste.

     At no time while outlining this can’t-fail scheme did Obama mention waiving the Jones Act that would enable the Dutch and other foreign friends furnish assistance.   

       Instead, Obama is fixated on  economy asphyxiating policies.

Obama’s efforts to deflect criticism onto BP will be blunted when the public figures out that BP and Obama are singing from the same hymnal on energy policy.  Three oil companies are on board for cap and tax, among them is BP.

     The president would have you believe that the cause of the oil calamity is the free market.  BP, according to Obama, is a wild eyed, anti-government free marketeer.  Quite the contrary

       BP was a founding member of the U.S. Climate Action Partnership (USCAP), a lobby dedicated to passing a cap-and-trade bill. As the nation’s largest producer of natural gas, BP saw many ways to profit from climate legislation, notably by persuading Congress to provide subsidies to coal-fired power plants that switched to gas.

     In February, BP quit USCAP without giving much of a reason beyond saying the company could lobby more effectively on its own than in a coalition that is increasingly dominated by power companies. They made out particularly well in the House’s climate bill, while natural gas producers suffered.

      But two months later, BP signed off on Kerry’s Senate climate bill, which was hardly a capitalist concoction. One provision BP explicitly backed, according to Congressional Quarterly and other media reports: a higher gas tax. The money would be earmarked for building more highways, thus inducing more driving and more gasoline consumption.

Elsewhere in the green arena, BP has lobbied for and profited from subsidies for biofuels and solar energy, two products that cannot break even without government support. Lobbying records show the company backing solar subsidies including federal funding for solar research. The U.S. Export-Import Bank, a federal agency, is currently financing a BP solar energy project in Argentina. 

 BP also employs lobbying firm, the Podesta Group.  That would be the same John Podesta who runs the Center for American Progress—a George Soros funded left wing think tank.

 

 

       Obama can posture all he wants and denounce BP as the villain.  It’s not like he’s worried that BP is going to demand their money back—a total of $77,051—the largest donation the firm has ever made to a political candidate. 

 

 

 

 

 

 FINANCIERO DE OBAMA SE ENRIQUECE CON LA CRISIS DEL GOLFO.

 

       SOROS ES EL VERDADERO PODER DETRAS EL TRONO, OBAMA NO ES MAS QUE UN TITERE DE ESTE BILLONARIO QUIEN FUE COLABORADOR DE LOS NAZIS Y AHORA ESTA DETRAS DE LA AGENDA MARXISTA Y ANTIAMERICANA DEL REGIMEN OBAMUNISTA.

 

 

Much of Barack Obama’s socialist agenda and ideas for the United States comes directly from Soros and in turn through his network of leftist funded organizations.

 

    This includes the funding of organizations that advocate abortion, open borders, amnesty for illegal aliens, a cap and trade tax, to prevent man-made global warming, huge cuts in defense spending, increasing the minimum wage and the world poverty tax just to name a few.

      Soros likes to be considered a “stateless stateman”.

In fact he is more accurately described as the Godfather of World Socialism.

 

Obama’s Boss Sees Silver Lining In BP Spill

 

June 13, 2010
Joy Tiz

 

George Soros is one of Barack Obama’s primary financial backers and agenda puppeter.

 

The Man Behind the Curtain and his Drones.

 

      Reuters is reporting that Brazil stands to benefit from the BP oil spill disaster as the US moratorium makes more rigs available for other countries.

     Even as an ecological catastrophe makes the future of U.S.

offshore drilling less certain, Brazil is plowing ahead with a

$220 billion five-year plan to tap oil fields even deeper than

BP’s (BP.L) ill-fated Gulf well, which is still leaking crude.

 

 

        It’s estimated that thirty five rigs are now sitting idle in the Gulf of Mexico. Brazil is already getting inquiries from companies wanting to move their rigs there. Brazil’s state oil company, Petrobras already produces about a fourth of the world’s deep water oil.

 

 

     Analysts say oil companies operating in the Gulf of Mexico— most notably BP and Chevron (CVX.N) — may have to decide between paying standby fees while the rigs are idle, moving them to other projects, or canceling the contracts. The U.S. moratorium may last longer than six months becauseof U.S. sentiment against offshore drilling and plans for anoverhaul of safety standards.The shortage of rigs could help Brazil become a major oil exporter.

 

      What an amazing stroke of good fortune for Obama’s boss, unrepentant Nazi collaborator, George Soros!

      Soros is also invested in offshore oil drilling in Brazil, assisted by the American taxpayers.

 

 

     Newsmax:

     The Wall Street Journal reports: ‘The United States, through the U.S. Export-Import Bank, has issued a ‘preliminary commitment’ of $2 billion and more if needed’ to Petroleo Brasileiro SA, a Brazilian government-owned oil exploration and development corporation known as ‘Petrobras.’

 

     Soros Fund Management, LLC holds a stake in Petrobras of approximately $900 million as of December 31, 2009.

 

Soros.jpg Soros image by ostracon321

 

 

 

    George Soros’ principal investments are in oil; one in particular is Petrobras, the Brazilian-owned company. This happens to be the largest investment in the Soros portfolio at the present time.

      Now that word is out that the facilities of the U.S. Export-Import Bank SA is offering guarantees for loans to Brazil’s state-owned oil company Petrobras, U.S. citizens are beginning to complain.

     Soros also owns quite a lot of real estate in Brazil. Soros’ Adecoagro, which invests in renewable energy, owns or leases about 840,000 acres of farmland in Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay growing coffee, soybeans and other commodities. Royal Dutch Shell Plc and Bunge Ltd. Are also expanding into ethanol in Brazil.

  

 

When you get to boss the president around, you never have to let a good crisis go to waste.

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Re: OBAMA READY TO SHUTDOWN THE LARGEST OIL WELL IN TEXAS.

Dem calls Dems' oil-tax bill ‘laughable’
The Hill ^

Dem calls Dems' oil-tax bill ‘laughable’ By Josiah Ryan - 05/11/11

     Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) called the Democratic plan to scrap tax breaks for the big five oil producers to pay down the deficit “laughable” and derided states that complain about gas prices while producing no energy themselves.

    “I see what our states produce and these people produce nothing, or virtually nothing — and you ask me can I vote for a bill like this?" asked Landrieu from Senate the floor on Wednesday, comparing the major energy-producing states with non-energy producing states.

   “No,” said Landrieu, answering her own question. “Not only can I not vote for it. It’s laughable.”

   The Democrats' plan, which may come to the floor this week, was authored by Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.). It would require oil companies to pay taxes for drilling on federal land and remove tax deductions for companies that drill in foreign countries. In all, it would raise about $20 billion, which would be directed toward deficit reduction.

    Louisiana is one of the highest energy-producing states in the nation and Landrieu argued that the Gulf's oil industry would be adversely affected by the scrapping of the tax incentives.

    Landrieu said she knew her pposition — as well as the pposition  of Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska), who also opposes the bill — would be unpopular among their fellow Democrats.

    “I know we are going to be the skunks at the garden party, to be the two Democrats against his bill,” she acknowledged.

    Landrieu also blasted states that consume more energy than they produce and complain about gas prices.

    “There are a lot of states up here that don't produce, don't conserve, aren’t efficient, and all they want to do is yell about high gas prices,” said Landrieu, raising her voice. “Well why don’t you do something about it?”


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Re: OBAMA READY TO SHUTDOWN THE LARGEST OIL WELL IN TEXAS.

ARE YOUR KIDS EATING HEALTHY!:::::  Let the picture tell us a thousand words about what they're eating," said Dr. Roger Echon, who helped develop the initial computer program.

"The technology is designed to identify the food (and) to capture what's the nutrient level of the food," said Echon, who currently has four different variations of his equipment to better fit the cafeteria environment at each of the schools.

"This gives them at least insight into what's healthy and what they need to be doing," said San Antonio Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Robert Duron, whose district has worked in the past with SHRC. "That's what we're excited about."

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Re: OBAMA READY TO SHUTDOWN THE LARGEST OIL WELL IN TEXAS.

STAMENT OF  VALERO EMPLOYEES ON THE KEYSTONE PIPELINE           

 

 

Date:               January 24, 2012      

 

To:                  Valero Employees

         

From:              Bill Klesse

 

Subject:          Keystone XL Pipeline Statement

 

 

As you know, the Obama administration decided last week to deny TransCanada’s application to ship crude oil via the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to the Gulf Coast. Valero has planned to be a shipper and purchaser of that oil since 2008, and obviously we were disappointed in the decision. We issued a statement in response to questions from the media, and I wanted to share it with you in case you get questions from friends or business partners, and so that you would know why Valero supports the Keystone XL pipeline. This is the statement:

 

Despite the uncertainty and political fighting over the Keystone XL pipeline, Valero has continued to invest in its U.S. refining operation.  In 2011 we spent nearly $3 billion on projects, and for 2012 our capital expenditure budget is over $3 billion. These expenditures are keeping our employees on the job and putting additional people to work.  To reference two of our refineries, at Port Arthur, Texas, we have 1,600 contractors working on an expansion project, and at St. Charles Parish, Louisiana, we have another 1,000 contractors working on a separate project.  We need this kind of economic activity to accelerate to help all Americans.

 

This illustrates why the federal government’s rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline is so absurd. There are pipelines in every neighborhood all across America. The administration’s decision was not about pipelines, it was about the misguided beliefs that Canadian oil sands development should be stopped and that fossil fuel prices should increase to make alternative energy more attractive. Instead, we should be impressed with how well the oil sands engineering and recovery technology has advanced, and the economic benefits this development brings.  Having more oil available in the marketplace has the potential to lower prices for consumers.  As an independent refiner, Valero buys all of the oil we process. Due to the administration’s misguided policies, refiners like Valero will have to buy more oil from other sources outside the U.S. and Canada. Consumers will bear the additional shipping cost, not to mention the additional greenhouse gas emissions and political risks.

 

With all the issues facing our country, it is absolutely unbelievable our federal government says no to a company like TransCanada that is willing to spend over $7 billion and put Americans to work on a pipeline.  The administration’s decision throws dirt into the face of our closest ally and largest trading partner.

 

The point above is that it is not about pipelines as many pipelines cross the Ogallala Aquifer, in the Great Plains region, and, in fact, there is already significant oil and gas production in the area covered by the aquifer. This is politics at its worst.

 

Thanks for your support.

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Gas Prices Skunk Jobs Again

Gas Prices Skunk Jobs Again

By Bob Beauprez 4/7/2012

 

High gas prices may be hitting the economy right in the gut.  For the month of March, the pace of new job creation was cut by more than half compared to the last several encouraging monthly reports.

According to the Labor Department just 120,000 new jobs were created in March.   Over the previous three months an average of 246,000 new jobs were added.  Analysts generally believe at least 200,000 new monthly jobs are necessary for the economy to expand.

Stuart Varney, business analyst at Fox News and Fox Business Network, says these disappointing numbers "suggest the recovery has stalled." 

 



A little deeper look at the numbers reveals further troubling news – a great many Americans walked away from the workforce. 

The number of America's employed or looking for a job (157.7 million) declined by 164,000 in March even though the total age eligible workforce population (242.6 million) increased by 169,000 people– a net shift in the wrong direction of 333,000 people.   The effect of the shrinking size of the workforce was decline in the Labor Force Participation Rate to 63.8%, and a slight drop of the unemployment rate to 8.2%.

The skunk at the modest economic recovery party that seemed to have begun can be found at your nearest gas station.  The national average price of gas has increased 18% (59 cents per gallon) in just the last 90 days.  That kind of shock to the family budget and to the cost of producing and transporting goods is like putting a noose around the neck of an already chocking economy.  

Worse, the full impact of the rapid rise in the cost of gas is just beginning to be manifested in the economic numbers, and the peak driving season and historically associated price increases is still a month away. 

 Bob Beauprez is a former Member of Congress and is currently the editor-in-chief of A Line of Sight, an online policy resource. Prior to serving in Congress, Mr. Beauprez was a dairy farmer and community banker.