On Sunday, March 18th, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney accused three members of the Obama administration for the rising gas prices.
He dubbed the Secretary of Energy, the Secretary of the Interior and the EPA administrator the “Gas Hike Trio” and stated that they should be fired, also accusing the President of wanting higher gas prices.
“It’s clear that the ‘Gas Hike Trio’ are only interested in raising energy prices and should resign,” Romney said in a video called “None of the Above” that was posted on his Web site.
He accused Obama’s energy advisors, Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Kenneth L. Salazar and EPA administrator Lisa Jackson, for supporting policies that make it harder for the U.S. to utilize its natural resources and keep energy costs low.
“As I’m sure you’ve noticed over the past few weeks, the price at your local pump has been going up and up,” Obama said. “And because it’s an election year, so has the temperature of our political rhetoric. The truth is the price of gas depends on a lot of factors that are often beyond our control.”
U.S. gasoline prices jumped 6% in February and contributed to a 0.4% overall increase in consumer prices last month, according to a new government report, and the experts predict even higher prices.