We need to begin opening up our own fuel sources here in the U.S.

In Uncategorized on June 4, 2008 at 2:30 pm

Dear Friends:

This past week, I hosted a press conference at the Mahwah Sunoco gas station in Mahwah, NJ to address the concerns of constituents from New Jersey’s 5th congressional district about New Jersey’s rising gas costs.

America’s taxpayers work too hard to have their family’s money wasted by Washington bureaucrats. Washington must focus on decreasing the skyrocketing gas and food costs and actually focus on the family budget not the federal one. I strongly believe that we need to develop our nation’s current resources. We need to begin opening up our own fuel sources here in the U.S. and begin deep sea exploration. The Energy Information Administration estimates that untapped U.S. reserves would provide 1 million barrels per day for 30 years. At the price of $125 per barrel, this new oil would deliver $191.1 billion in corporate income tax and royalty revenue to the federal government.

Americans and New Jerseyans have experienced sky-rocketing gas prices. Families across the nation and state have been struggling to make ends meet because of rising prices at the pump. And to make matters worse, our great state of New Jersey is one of the hardest hit states. For every gallon a gasoline attendant puts in your tank, you as a New Jersey resident will pay 18.2 cents in federal taxes.

This taxpayer money is then sent to Washington where part of it is lost in the bureaucratic process and this is where the real problem lies. All too often, the federal government simply wastes your hard-earned money on unnecessary projects like the infamous “Bridge to Nowhere. For New Jerseyans, there’s another issue at stake. Our state is what’s known as a “donor” state. That means that we send more money to Washington than we receive. In recent years, for every dollar we pay in federal gas taxes, we receive about only 92 cents back.

I have fought hard to make up for this discrepancy during my time in Congress. For example, I was able to direct a $1 million appropriation toward a study to focus on bus and transit service in four northern North Jersey counties. Even so, the process isn’t completely just. Washington bureaucrats simply don’t know how to spend your money wisely or fairly.

That’s why, I’ve come up with what I think is a simple solution to this problem—it’s called the START Act, which stands for Suspend Taxes And Revitalize Transportation. This bill, which I’m in the process of introducing, would suspend the federal gasoline tax until the end of the year. After December 31, state legislatures would decide if they would like to again resume paying federal gas taxes. I believe many states, especially donor states like New Jersey, wouldn’t want to re-join the federal system. Instead, they could keep the money within the state and direct it toward the transportation projects that are most important. This legislation would save you money at the pump and improve the roads in New Jersey.”


Scott Garrett

1318 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
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  1. Amen.

    Couldn’t agree with you more Scott.

  2. Representative Garrett,

    I share your concern that famlies are struggling, and I agree that Washington spends much of our tax money on pork.

    However, suspending taxes on gasoline to make it cheaper at the pump sounds like populism, and it will encourage consumption. The market is our most powerful weapon: Prices will fall if Americans cut consumption. Please continue to tax gasoline and funnel the money into efficient mass transit.

    Rising prices due to increased global demand will inevitably drive us to more mass transit. Slowing the process by encouraging consumption will increase the possibility of a crisis.

    And please visit ANWR before you vote to open it to more drilling. See thousands of elk crossing a valley with the backdrop of montains untouched by roads and power lines. ANWR’s oil is a drop in the barrel compared to U.S. demand. As human beings we have the gift of consciousness and the ability to make difficult choices. Let’s choose to leave some wilderness untouched.

  3. Getting rid of the sugar import tax would help, 90 % of Brazil’s fuel is made out of cane sugar which is widely available around the world – but the high sugar import tax makes in too costly a fuel alternative for the US.

    I wonder why we are buying our oil from the middle east and not from Canada? Canada supplies china and has more than enough for the us in the US. I don’t understand why we are buying oil and fueling the economies of countries that dislike us.

    We also pay too much for natural gas, we need more nuclear power plants, and we need more fuel efficient cars. We need more innovation.

    I agree with you scott , I think that the government needs to starting thinking about quality of life for individual american’s.

  4. Why aren’t we drilling our own oil and giving the money to ourself?

    Are we that stupid?

  5. 11:34
    We could drill for our own oil, EXCEPT that the oil lies under the Purple Headed Moose breeding grounds and all the oil rigs will prevent them from reproducing.

    My question remains, If Exxon and the like use Arab oil and pass on the cost of that oil to the consumer then why is a company like Hess who only uses American oil, charging the consumer for the cost of Arab oil and making BIG profits?
    Isn’t this a kind of rip off. Maybe the oil companies like Hess should have their profits regulated just like the old phone system and electric and gas companies.

  6. “please visit ANWR before ” I have and the drilling area is not even as big as central park ,alaska is 33% of the land mass of the continential USA justanother silly 1970’s argument I am sorry so many people fall for this nonsence

  7. 734 has not the slightest clue as to how oil is priced ,noone drills in the USA ITS KNOT ALLOWED SILLY!

  8. 6:51
    Please clue us in. It seems that 7:34 makes a good point.
    But you say its not correct, is the right answer a classified?
    How about letting us in on the way oil is priced.
    Who drills in the USA then? Luk Oil or Cheveron?

    PJ, how about making a new thread about oil pricing, and why the disparity in pricing between station

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