The likely Democrat candidate for the United States Senate this fall supports an effort that she says will drive down fuel prices. The Democrat likely to challenge Christopher Bond in November is Nancy Farmer, who says it’s time to stop putting oil into the strategic petroleum reserve supply and instead funnel those 300,000 barrels into the gas pumps each day. Bond opposes taking oil out of those reserves and Farmer agrees. But Farmer does not want any more put in until the soaring prices settle down. Farmer cites an oil industry publication that estimates pump prices would drop by about a quarter a gallon if increases in the reserve supply were temporarily suspended. She can’t define “temporary” and she doesn’t want to take a position on fuel-saving legislation, such as higher mileage requirements for our vehicles. Farmer agrees with Bond that the nation needs a national energy policy.
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