These are relatively easy steps that can alleviate Americans’ pain at the pump beginning today. They reflect the same ones that President Reagan took beginning on his first day in office, which brought prices down rapidly.
But President Obama is unlikely to take any of them. His halting of Keystone XL shows he remains more interested in the radical environmentalist goal of higher energy prices, even if it means sticking it to middle-class Americans, who bear the brunt of higher costs. Replacing Obama will be necessary.
Among the current GOP candidates for president, only former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has focused on this issue and said he could lower prices to $2.50 a gallon. More important than Gingrich’s words is his proven ability to challenge the liberal elite and the Washington establishment that stands in the way of reform. As Mr. Gingrich noted during Wednesday night’s debate, “You’ve got to have somebody who can actually get it done in Washington, not just describe it on the campaign trail.”
Only Gingrich will plausibly take on the radical environmentalists and the bureaucrats at the EPA and the ever-growing list of other bureaucracies in Washington that care little about higher gas prices — or that actually want them high.
Christian Whiton is a senior advisor to the Newt Gingrich presidential campaign and deputy director of national security staff. During the George W. Bush administration, he was a senior advisor at the State Department.