Big government’s knee-jerk reaction to high gas prices

To paraphrase everyone’s favorite accidental philosopher Yogi Berra, it’s déjà vu all over again in America: Another summer approaches with gasoline prices high, injecting economic growth-chilling doubt into people’s vacation plans. Our leaders’ response is also regretfully familiar: rather than remove self-imposed impediments to domestic energy development, government remains asleep in the control tower, resorting to unproductive demagoguery and half-measures.

World-wide demand for oil has long been on the rise; instability in the Middle East is constant; and our deadly dependence on foreign oil controlled by oligarchs and despots is a decades-old reality. So why is America still the only oil-producing nation in the world that limits access to its own abundant energy resources?

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