Tim Pawlenty doesn’t understand how gas prices work
Presidential hopeful Tim Pawlenty doesn't like high gas prices. Unfortunately, he apparently has no idea where they come from. Well, Tim, when a congressional GOP loves an oil industry very much …
Pawlenty complained that Obama is "proposing is a tax increase on energy at a time when the gas is $4 a gallon," adding that the idea is "ludicrous." Well, that's technically true; Obama's proposing a tax increase in the sense that he wants to reduce handouts to oil and gas companies, and yes, he's doing it at a time when gas is $4 a gallon. But the two have nothing to do with each other — nixing the subsidies won't increase prices at the pump. And T-Paw's pet solution, increased exploration and drilling, won't lower them.
Unregulated oil and gas speculation, on the other hand … now THAT's where you get high gas prices. That and the stork.
Pawlenty Defends Big Oil: Cutting Oil Subsidies Is ‘Ludicrous’, ThinkProgress.