Letter: Global supply drives up gas prices



Regarding Edward Gillis’ attempt to blame gas prices on President Obama, he states in his Nov. 25 letter, “Price rising with increasing speed,” that gas prices were at $1.79 when Obama took office. That’s a true statement as far as it goes. Gillis cherry-picked his “fact” to support his argument.

The summer of President George W. Bush’s last year in office gas prices topped out above $4 a gallon. It was only when the economy tanked in the fall that gas prices fell below $1.80 a gallon in the wake of worldwide panic. After the economy bottomed out, jobs disappeared, and housing prices dropped (thank you Dubya?), gas prices returned to the $3 to $4 level where we have seen them rise and fall based on market conditions.

Presidents don’t control gas prices. Bush didn’t and neither can Obama.

Arden Hagen