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February 24th, 2012
04:08 PM ET

Be in the know: Today's political bullet points

Everyday we ask influential politicos to send us their top three bullet points that are driving the day's conversation in and outside Washington:"

RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:

– It is hard to express my disgust with National Journal today. I have so much respect for the organization, but it released its annual scorecard of ideology among congressmen today and signals that in a post-tea party Washington, DC it wants to be an un-evolved troglodyte when it comes to covering the evolved nuances of ideology in Washington. It also explains why so much political coverage is so bad these days. Too much political coverage equates conservative with Republican and liberal with Democrat when that is increasingly far from reality.

– A year ago in January, Energy Secretary Stephen Chu said he wanted to get American gas prices up to European levels, which a year ago were $7 to $8 a gallon. Looks like he is headed there. It is really hard to believe the President's concern for gas prices is sincere given his own administration's positioning trying to change American habits on energy.

– Twenty years ago, Republicans wanted to expand domestic energy drilling and the Democrats said no because it would take ten years to reap the benefits. Ten years ago, Republicans tried again and again Democrats said it would take ten years, so no way. Well, here we are.

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  1. Joan

    There has been a lot of chatter lately regarding the price of gas and who is to blame. Sen. Hutchison is one of the most vocal on the issue. Perhaps Sen. Hutchison should listen to the Ben Stein interview on CNN where he accurately points out that no president can lower gas prices. It is tied into international events and oil prices. She should also read Ted Turner's excellent opinion piece on the CNN website. He has researched the Keystone pipeline and has some pretty accurate conclusions. Most Canadians are very leary of this pipeline and in BC they are fighting building another pipeline to the coast. There is a lot more to it than the Republicans are portraying. Except for the Republican governor who refused to let the pipeline go through his state, Ted Turner seems to be the most informed American on this issue. Contrary to what the Republicans say, it will not create that many jobs and the oil will be refined in Texas and sold to other countries. It will not solve America's oil problems by a long shot. By the way, President Obama did not permanently cancel the pipeline deal. They are free to come up with a cleaner way to deliver the oil and come up with a route that will not interfere with environmentally fragile areas. The big oil companies have lots of money that they could put into research for safer extraction and delivery of the crude oil. People should research the facts before they give uninformed sound bites about such an important issue.

    February 25, 2012 at 8:48 am |