I was not surprised to see the news about gas prices rising more in Montana than the rest of the country (Avg. MT gas price up 5.3 cents, 9/17).
Prices go up when things are scarce – and we can directly link oil to how Sen. Jon Tester has voted in Washington.
He voted against the Offshore Production & Safety Act of 2011, which would have opened up fields for access, improved safety and required bureaucrats to process permits efficiently. And he voted specifically against offshore drilling in Virginia – which his Democrat colleagues from that state supported.
Tester has repeatedly attempted to raise taxes on oil and gas producers – raising costs for energy companies, which would in turn be passed on to us in higher prices. The non-partisan Congressional Research Service found that Tester and the Democrats’ proposed energy tax hikes would “make oil and natural gas more expensive for U.S. consumers and likely increase foreign dependence.”
He supported cap-and-trade and the EPA’s efforts to regulate carbon dioxide, too – both of which would essentially shut down the Bakken fields before they get going, as it’s a more intensive process to drill.
I’m tired of paying more out of pocket. Thanks but no thanks, Senator.