There are at least two more “Dear Colleague” letters circulating in the House of Representatives calling for legislation on gas prices. One even suggests that gas price caps “worked in 1974,” which may come as news to anyone who sat in gas lines back then.
The interesting thing is that many of the politicians who are shocked by gas price rises and ostensibly want to protect the consumer are quite happy to back sweeping environmental laws that would drive up the price of gas. For instance, Rep. Louise Slaughter (D.-NY), author of the That 70s Show proposal just mentioned, voted for implementing Kyoto.
So these public servants want to pass laws capping prices to enable people to fill up their tanks, but also want laws that will add to the price of gas to discourage use of fossil fuels. “Hopelessly confused”
doesn’t begin to cover it.