May 7th, 2008
05:30 PM ET

Who has best plan for facing gas at $7 a gallon?


The demand for fuel globally is outpacing the supply, which is one of the reasons oil prices have nearly doubled in just the last year. (PHOTO CREDIT: AP PHOTO)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

If the cost of gasoline is hurting Americans now at about $3.61 a gallon, imagine what would happen if it reaches $7 or $8 a gallon in the next couple of years.

While Hillary Clinton and John McCain pander to voters with a proposed gas tax holiday that will never see the light of day, Goldman Sachs is out with a report that oil prices could reach $200 a barrel within two years.

The demand for fuel globally is outpacing the supply, which is one of the reasons oil prices have nearly doubled in just the last year. This prediction from Goldman Sachs, along with a weaker dollar and concerns about declining production, helped push oil to a record of more than $123 a barrel today.

Meanwhile, the Energy Department says strong demand from places like China, India, Russia, Brazil and the Middle East will support high prices and keep global oil demand growing by about 1.2 million barrels a day this year.

The government says it expects gasoline prices to peak at about $3.73 a gallon in June, but some private analysts think gas will go even higher – topping $4 a gallon this summer.

So what's our next president going to do about all this? Clinton and McCain want to cut 18 cents off the price of a gallon of gas for a period of three months, which would save you a total of between $30 and $70. It's the same old story from the Washington politicians… slap a bandage on an open wound and hope the public doesn't notice it's still bleeding.

Here’s my question to you: Which candidate has a plan for dealing with gas at $7 or $8 a gallon within two years?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Stefan from Hoffman Estates, Illinois writes:
None of the candidates has a plan ready for 2 years out. Our politicians can't even plan for two months ahead. When gas hits $4, $5, $6 the politicians will run around declaring there is problem and then stick their heads in the sand to ignore any real debate about a solution. It is better politically to tell you about the problem, fear the problem and assess blame than to solve the problem...just look at Social Security and Medicare funding for proof.

Jim from Winston Salem, N.C. writes:
Jack, I'm not sure who has "the plan", but I for one would suggest a 2,500 lb weight limit, and 50 mpg bio-diesel fueled car for starters. In a few short years, plug-in electrics can be added to improve performance, as the fueled cars downsize further when wind/solar electric generation boosts our electricity capacity. Europe has 80-100 mpg cars now, and we need to tell Detroit to eat their 300plus HP cars they push down our throats now.

Roy from Olympia, Washington writes:
I believe that Obama will address this issue the moment he steps into office by looking at alternatives to oil. If it comes to having to pay that much at the pump then it's time to get a subscription to National Geographic and just look at where I can't afford to get to.

William writes:
So far Hillary Clinton has the best idea. She is the first to talk about the facing up to the oil companies and energy trading companies that are manipulating the oil prices. Legislation must be passed to regulate the energy market.

Spero writes:
Trick question. Real answer is none of them do. What will we do? Probably the same thing the Brits are currently doing as they pay over $8 a gallon for gasoline, smile and kick ourselves in the butt when we think of all the programs we could have started 10 years ago but did not have the insight or gumption to adopt.

Marcus from New York writes:
Does it matter? Look at tobacco. A pack of cigarettes in New York costs nearly $8 but incredibly you still see people puffing away. They figured out how to make it work and Americans will do the same with gas.

Filed under: Barack Obama • Hillary Clinton • John McCain • Oil Prices
soundoff (226 Responses)
  1. Kel from Auburn AL

    Personally, I think Obama's plan to put $1,000 back into the hands of lower income families is the ticket.

    Really though, as long as we get a president who will keep pressure on the oil companies to stop manipulating the market and possibly release some of the strategic reserves, it will make an impact.

    When you combine this with research for alternative fuels and high mileage standards, it will make a greater impact.

    I think a solution with various components is the answer here, and although I think either democratic candidate is capable of doing something about gas prices, Obama is winning. He will probably be nominated. He will probably be elected (if he gets nominated soon). And if that's the case, he will definetly do something about this problem.

    I think a man in his forties who just paid his student loans off a few years ago has a lot to say about lowering the price of gas.

    May 7, 2008 at 1:32 pm |
  2. Carl Deshazer

    I don't think any of them do, they all at first have good intentions, then they see how much money is involved and it's back to the usual game plan. If i sound bitter at all politicains, i'am.
    Carl in Illinois

    May 7, 2008 at 1:38 pm |
  3. Billy G in Las Vegas

    I honestly don't think ANY of the candidates have a real "plan" for continued higher fuel prices.

    I'm waiting for one of them to tell the OPECers, esp in the Middle East, that the United States will no longer send them any food which is what this country should have done during the first "oil shock" in the early 70's. tell them them they can "eat their sand and drink their oil" and see how fast the oil price comes down. the United States should form a "Cartel of Food Producers" with other major food producing countries to put the squeeze on these gougers.

    but of course that will NEVER happen because the "Five Families" oil companies are making huge profits and they obviously control the American govenment.

    May 7, 2008 at 1:40 pm |
  4. Raj, Toronto

    Obama and Hillary have better plans than McCain. However, Obama has the best plan given that he does not perpetuate the problem by increasing demand. Lets understand this Jack, Hillary and McCain's plan will not pass, so the tax cut is not going to happen. The senate, congress and Bush have said this. Second, Bush took office at $20 a barrel and now its $120. What you are talking about is above $200 a barrel, it may not be what McCain said about war over oil but it looks good for Bush's pockets and his oil friends. Third, saving 18 cents on gas is a joke, given that gas prices are increasing that much per week. When we talk about $7 a gallon, what we need is national boycott days for gas, or encourage people to stay home on the weekend.

    May 7, 2008 at 1:41 pm |
  5. David,San Bernardino,CA.

    None of them. They are all paid off by the oil companies and profit comes above all else. They better have a plan on dealing with the coming depression and total collapse of the economy. Armageddon is coming!

    May 7, 2008 at 1:42 pm |
  6. Pamela ( Aurora Ontario)

    Hi Jack, Your my kind of guy, If Hillary insists on continuing to run, and she needs more money......If she really believes that she will win.. why doesnt she use some of her own 100 MILLION dollars!!! p.s. I cant vote, but if I could I would vote for Obama... I love him.

    May 7, 2008 at 1:42 pm |
  7. Linda in Va

    None of the candidates have that plan. So I suggest we as individuals form our own plan for that circumstance as I see it as a real possibliity.

    May 7, 2008 at 1:43 pm |
  8. Joan Buck

    Who has the best plan? Obama does not have a plan.
    The manipulations of the market needs to be stopped immediately and the Oil price will drop to 75.00 barrel. It's the Super Rich stealing from the good decent people of the world again is what is going on at this time.
    Joan B
    Chicago, Il

    May 7, 2008 at 1:45 pm |
  9. Mike S., New Orleans, Louisiana

    None of them offer a plan to prevent such prices. The only candidate saying we should 'take on' OPEC has been Hillary Clinton, who never took on OPEC in the past 15 years. Perhaps that is why she is no longer considered the nominee.

    But one thing is for sure. If McCain is elected, The Oil Club remains in charge of the U.S.

    May 7, 2008 at 1:45 pm |
  10. Matt Callaway in Omaha, NE

    Even the best plans cannot get us out of this one – feel free to blame your generation for this. The candidate who pushes for the highest fuel-efficiency standard increases, ditches corn-based ethanol fastest and invests the most in algae-based fuels has the best plan as far as I'm concerned.

    I want to see a renewable energy arms race between the two parties. I guess it's up to the "politically apathetic" under-30 demo. that I'm a part of to get us out of this one.

    May 7, 2008 at 1:46 pm |
  11. sarah, Indiana

    do any of them actually have a plan? i certainly havent heard one. clinton and mccain offer short term gas tax relief, but no long term solution. obama just calls everyone else's ideas stupid but offers no viable option for the long or short term.

    May 7, 2008 at 1:47 pm |
  12. Ted, Beaverton, OR

    The price can actually stay the same as it is today. All the oil companies need to do is invent the smaller gallon, Maybe 80 Ounces instread of 128.
    The food producers have done that with mayonaise for example, lowering a quart to 30 oz. Ice cream in now in 1 and 3/4 quarts instead of a half gallon, and how abuot the 36 oz can of coffee that used to be 3 lbs. A 1 lb bag is now 12 oz. Their marketing wizards call it the "new convenient easy to store" size. Ain't advertising great.....? Look at how many quack medicines we wouldn't know about.

    May 7, 2008 at 1:49 pm |
  13. Ian the Limey

    All this bleating about gas prices, Jack, have a look at what Europeans have to contend with. In oil-rich Norway the government forces us to pay 9 and a half bucks a U.S. gallon!!! Love seeing you on Wolf Blitzer's program.

    May 7, 2008 at 1:49 pm |
  14. Stephany, FL

    What! You got to be kidding right? Ain't no way that's going to come about. I'll buy a horse or I'll grow some wings to get before I pay that much money for gas.

    May 7, 2008 at 1:51 pm |
  15. Charles Liken, Lansing, MI

    Hillary speaks the strongest as far as using alternative energy and financing it. Of course the best answer is conservation but you will not find a politician with the gumption to advocate that.

    May 7, 2008 at 1:51 pm |
  16. Mike Nunn - Hot Springs, Ar.

    This group of bozos has no valid plan for anything. They will flounder around in the dark and hope that an answer will come from on high.

    May 7, 2008 at 1:51 pm |
  17. Steve Corneliussen

    The only person with a plan is Al Gore - He wants to take away our cars. Short of that - Nothing any of these idiots say or do will make much of a difference. We built America wrong It runs on cheap oil or it does not run. Time to redesign our entire culture, economy and infrastructure. Like most of our citizens, none of the candidates seems to have a clue on this issue. What I can tell you - everything I have heard the candidates say - is stuff that just makes things worse. When Americans figure out that we do not have a God given right to cheap gasoline... is when we will start to turn the corner to becoming more energy efficient in our lives and in the way our country is constructed. For some reason, using less energy is always at the bottom of the list of ways to solve an energy crisis. The first step in fixing things is to place energy conservation on the TOP of the list, not the bottom. And, that is a CULTURAL change, not a political change. America's energy problems will not change until WE as individuals change our understanding of energy. The answer lies with us - not the person sitting in the big chair in the oval office.

    May 7, 2008 at 1:52 pm |
  18. Simpliticus

    A plan? There can be no plan until one of these candidates is ensconced in the White House. Much of this oil problem is essentially an allowance to occur. George W. Bush, an oil man, is allowing the oil companies to gouge the US citizens. He could immediately stay the course of this absurd oil gouging. He allows the continued "oil rape" by the oil companies, period! The candidates can do nothing until the winning candidate can take office. Bush has so maligned the dollar that the reserve currency has merged its value with the value of oil. Witness Conico's stock value commensurate with the price of oil. The value of gold is essentially the value of the dollar undevalued. Bush still continues to put oil in the strategic reserves even though the reserves are at or above 97% capacity, thus, allowing the oil companies its market influence. Once there is a new democratic president, this oil pattern will change. Until then, oil will continue to go up, with a continued fall in the US economy. Apparently, George is getting the goods while the goods are there to be got! George W. Bush is looking an awful lot like Richard III in Shakespeare's play and we all know how that turned out but that was called the War of the Roses. This one is 'flowered' with an oily mess!

    May 7, 2008 at 1:52 pm |
  19. Lisa from Tucson, AZ

    Jack, why should there be a plan to face gas at $7 a gallon? In Europe, gas prices are at least $8, in some even $10!
    If we want to continue to pollute the environment and keep buying foreign oil, then heck, we might as well pay the price for it!

    May 7, 2008 at 1:53 pm |
  20. Velle In Halifax

    Nobody has a plan that will "deal" with $7/gal gas, Jack. However, Obama is the most realistic and will therefore spend the next 2 years steering the US away from oil dependency and accelerating research and development of real alternatives to soften the blow when it arrives.
    I also believe he is best suited to deal with OPEC, oil companies, car manufacturers and trading markets to postpone that 2 year projection.
    What I KNOW is that he WILL NOT pose the same old Washington non-response response that Hillary and McSleepy would.

    May 7, 2008 at 1:53 pm |
  21. jaffer

    Well all candidates have outlined there plans but we don't know yet whose idea will work better to deal with the high gas price but I do prrefer Obama is plan.

    May 7, 2008 at 1:56 pm |
  22. J. Onofre - CA

    We can have mandates on our auto industries to actually start doing better than our foreign competition.

    The Force is with Obama.

    May 7, 2008 at 2:00 pm |
  23. Russ in PA

    Who has the best plan? Dr. Ron Paul, of course. He's the only one speaking about the role of the dollar in all of this, and has been preaching for years of the importance of sound money, and limited government. He is the MAN...

    May 7, 2008 at 2:01 pm |
  24. Phil

    I do. Open up the ANWAR Alaska Reserves as well as offshore drilling. There is plenty of our own oil to be had, and keep it in-country. Tell the environmentalists to take a hike!

    May 7, 2008 at 2:01 pm |
  25. Edly in San Jose, California

    None of the above. If you really want cheaper gas, drive less and drive at 55MPH or slower. Ride a bike. Walk. Of course, all of that will reduce the price of gas and cause it to be more attractive, making people buy more, raising the price of gas...a vicious cycle that will only be broken when we decide to get off. The long term solution: Live closer to where you need to go. Don't live 100 miles from work.

    May 7, 2008 at 2:01 pm |
  26. Peter Pan Fairview, Texas

    I don't know but I wouldn't wait for a politicians to decide for you. Start looking for a hybrid or a hydrogen car like the Honda coming out this year with its own fuel station that fits in your garage and powers your home when it isn't making hydrogen for your car.
    We can not wait on the government to save us. They have had many years to do that and they have done nothing. The democrats banned oil drilling in America for 30 years so now we have to buy it abroad. The politicians are the ones that bent us over the oil barrel. All that oil we buy abroad making other countries rich we could be getting off our own coast or out of the ground right here at home giving jobs and tax dollars to America. I have lost faith in our politicians to do the right thing or to lead this country anywhere except into a grave.

    May 7, 2008 at 2:04 pm |
  27. Rebecca

    Hillary is the only candidate that has a plan for reducing our dependence on foreign oil. Obama says nothing about it. McCain is just going to continue with Bush's way of doing things. I don't hear any CHANGE ideas coming out of Obama on this one.

    May 7, 2008 at 2:05 pm |
  28. Josh

    Obama, we seriously need to give up our dependence on foreign oil and Obama has the best plan to do it. Jack, this country needs fresh, new ideas to help save it as well as the world from World War three over natural resources. Obama in 08.

    May 7, 2008 at 2:07 pm |
  29. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    When gas hits $7 per gallon, I'll buy an old deisel and modify it to run on french fry grease.

    And then I'll camp out at McDonald's once a week and fill up for free – until the cops come, that is!

    May 7, 2008 at 2:08 pm |
  30. dennis north carolina

    Obama has the best ideas but no one's ideas can be put to work until a person is in office. Bush will do nothing because his history is written in oil. We the people are the biggest factor in oil prices by not conserving energy and not using mass transit when possible. our leaders and elected officials are the blame for high prices because they have not taking action on energy in the past twenty years when the problems started. we should fire all of them.

    May 7, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  31. Chuck in Eugene Oregon

    Jack, if gas goes to $5 a gallon I will start walking, biking and maybe even buying a horse with a buggy. In my mind Obama has the best plan, he wants to go green, he wants to pump money and oil profit tax into renewable and alternative fuels. Plus he plans to force auto manfactures to produce vehicles with greater fuel economy. He has talked about this over and over again from day one.

    May 7, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  32. Erin

    Why, Obama of course. Obama is the only candidate who addresses the deeper need of changing our gas-guzzling culture . He doesn't pander to the voting public by deluding us into thinking we can go back to the good old days. He's vowed to protect our land and conserve our resources while challenging Detroit to get back in the market with more fuel-efficient cars that run on alternative forms of energy. We ALL need to particpate in the solution and this is Obama's greatest strength for he makes no promises to fix America but instead will lead us to fix ourselves.

    May 7, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  33. A Kraft

    none...we have to get rid of the corporate big oil interests...tax their windfall profits...drill for oil in the USA and stop producing gas guzzlers...we voters have to do something ... the politicians and this administration will do nothing ... as usual

    May 7, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  34. Randy M, Elmira NY

    I don't think any of the candidates have a plan for 7-8 dollar gas, but I do believe that if it gets that high the situation may just cure itself.

    May 7, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  35. Joe in DE

    The oil companies – they know exactly where to spend the money to ensure future congressional support.

    May 7, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  36. Jamaal Kansas

    Barack Obama Barack Obama Barack Obama How many other ways can I say that Jack

    May 7, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  37. David Alexandria, VA

    No one has a plan. And that bothers the hell out of me. Going green is a necessity, but so may be allowing additional drilling, approving more nuke plants, figuring out how to burn clean coal, develop alternative fuels which don't starve people, and convert folks to a new way of thinking over the next 10 years. My guess is that Obama would try to nationalize the oil industry and Clinton would tax them (and a lot of us) out of existance. Only Mccain has at least said in his speaches that we need to do something strategic and tactical about this.

    May 7, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  38. Nuwan Sam

    No one Jack. Basically, this country will be screwed if that happens unless people change their way of thinking and change the life style. If Europeans can do that we can too. But I don't think any president can do much about it.

    Nuwan from Houston, TX

    May 7, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  39. Lyn from Fort Worth

    None of them have a plan. It would be so politically incorrect to even mention the thought of $7 a gallon gasoline. Until one of the candidates has the intestinal fortitude to address this national crisis, take on big oil to increase production, and governmentally mandate a ceiling on gasoline prices–we're looking for our society to suffer severe economic hardships for years to come.

    May 7, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  40. cj-delhi,ny

    Hillary is obviously the candidate who can afford to pay the $7 a gallon, but Obama will be the one to actually do something.

    May 7, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  41. Ralph, Long Island, NY

    I think we might have to go back to the guy who invented the wheel.

    May 7, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  42. Sharon Minnesota

    Jack, The best plans laid by man are going to fail. Only God can lower gas prices and He's more interested in saving your soul, not your pocket book. Pay up America, pay up.

    May 7, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  43. Paul Columbia, SC

    He or she or they will be the darling(s) of OIL lobbies. There's a whole lot of grease to keep Washington well lubricated. Partisan games will continue and the wrangling between branches will continue delays of alternatives which will keep the big bucks flowing in. The plan is the same; only the faces change.

    May 7, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  44. Courtney, South Windsor, CT

    While the candidates all offer plans for reducing prices, the real burden lies with us. Americans have always been obsessed with their cars, their freedom to drive anywhere, and comforts of living in the suburbs. As a nation we need to take greater steps toward conservation of what oil we have, invest in alternative fuels (which doesn't include food into fuel!!!), and realize that prices are probably never going to come back down in any significant way. Waiting for the government to take the necessary steps is a fools errand. As for the candidates, I'm banking on Obama to at least point us toward a new future free of dependence on foreign oil.

    May 7, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  45. Charlotte

    Jack, Obama the Uniter, will just have to ask the Oil Companies to please lower the price. He will change the way Washington does business. He promises to talk to everyone, he will merely have to ask and it will be so.. Change you can believe in? Too bad we won't get to find out, all of those Obamacians will vote for McCain.

    May 7, 2008 at 2:21 pm |
  46. Kelley C, Huntsville AL

    None of them have a real plan that will affect anything within 2 years. It will take a while to reduce our dependence on oil. Clinton's plan doesn't do enough. Obama's plan will take more than 2 years though he does offer a slight tax break to help. McCain has no plan.

    Our problem is refineries and power plants – we lack enough capacity and it takes many many years to expand or build new ones due to regulations.

    May 7, 2008 at 2:21 pm |
  47. Sandra from Texas

    None of them. No one is going to admit that 7 or 8 dollar gas is even a possibility. Even though it will be a reality.

    May 7, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  48. Patty

    How does anyone KNOW what any of our politicians will do. I doubt that any of them has a plan nor will they have one. It has gone way too far for that and we just have to learn to live with the high prices like other countries. We can try to conserve but it will not be enough because not everyone will. Greed has caused this whole mess and unfortunately the less fortunate pay the higher price.

    May 7, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  49. mitchell martin ark.

    ouch!$7/gallon?that hurts!well let's see.hillary and mccain have had 20 to 25 years to do something about this problem,and they have sat on their hands.let's give the new guy a chance.

    May 7, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  50. Jim

    Jack, I don't think any of the current candidates on either side of the aisle have a clue what is coming. The mess that is going to awat the "winner"? in January left over by the dynamic due Bush/Cheney will take way more then one term to clean up if it is even possible.

    This administration has been so secretive with little to no oversight by Congress that I am sure if the Supreme Court was not Republican they would already be planning to indict both Bush and Cheney on Crimes Against Humanity plus an assortment of crimes which I am sure will come up after the next administration gets to check the books.

    Both parties should be hiding their heads in Shame. 7-8 dollar a gallon Gas???? Where can I purchase a Horse and Buggy?

    May 7, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  51. Anne/Seattle

    None of three really do. Everyone must face that the cost of gas is manipulated by the rich and powerful and that the continued conspicuous consumption of it is a detriment to the environment and therefore to every living being on earth. I'm hoping Obama becomes president and uses his intelligence and leadership to initiate the promised changes in Washington that will end our oil dependence. If he does, it will take more than two years to make a significant impact on the short sightedness of a couple generations.

    May 7, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  52. Esther Cuyahoga Falls Ohio


    May 7, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  53. Ryan, Champaign IL

    Obama has it, and is ready to share. His long-term goals are sound, and just the threat of a windfall profits tax and diversified sourcing will cool the oil speculators that are currently enjoying their "treasure baths". The only problem is that they will do anything to avoid this outcome, and we have to work to make it happen as citizens (see: electric car, effeciency standards, et c.).

    May 7, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  54. Sam

    I think Obama does have an understandable plan. For a fact you cannot oil producer from selling at a particular price. the only solution are what Barack has outlined on his website. Some of which I have listed below.
    Improve Energy Efficiency 50 Percent by 2030.
    Set America on Path to Oil Independence.
    Increase Renewable Fuel Standard.
    Support Next Generation Biofuels.
    Double Energy Research and Development Funding.
    Invest in a Skilled Clean Technologies Workforce.

    Sam, Massachusetts

    May 7, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  55. Craig from Scottsdale, Arizona

    None of the above Jack,

    These people are good at one thing and one thing only...Getting Elected! They are not critical thinkers or strategic planners. But to answer your question. I suppose McCain and the rest of us from Arizona have the best shot at dealing with $8 per gallon gasoline. We know how to saddle up and ride a horse.


    May 7, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  56. Brian from Seattle, WA

    Jack, your question assumes that some type of "fix" is possible in the next two years. Why would anyone think that a problem that's developed over the past 30 years can be "fixed" in two years? The real question is who has the political courage to find a long term solution to our energy problems while stablizing the economy and dollar (lower interest rates means a less valuable dollar which means more expensive oil)?

    May 7, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  57. Don from Canada

    It won't happen. Americans are lucky with the prices you have I am a Canadian we have our own fuel here and we even sell it to you and we are paying $1.21 a litre pr 4 times that for a gallon. Our gov't does nothing for us to relieve fuel costs they don't even talk about it. Every holiday the prices rise and they insist that the oil companies are not in bed together and have studied it at least a hundred times. I wish we had someone like Obama in this country no lies about having the oil companies pay, just honest facts.

    May 7, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  58. The Big Bad Wolf in Chicago

    None of them have a "plan" for the gas prices. No one has a plan .They don't control the oil industries so how could they have a plan?!
    America needs to rely on it's own energy resources and stop being indebted for supplies to countries that hate our guts.

    May 7, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  59. OSEKI EVANS, Norway

    Senator Obama`s idea rings best. The Holy Bible says the truth shall set you free and he obeyed and told his story with all honesty. Hillary Clinton talks of our lord for votes and lies at the same time to the nation and same faith that commandeth thou not to lie. Honesty is not always the best policy in politics but he who dares tell the truth, need not fear nor fall and this it the living reality of elections `08.

    May 7, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  60. Charles in Florida

    Jack, None of them do. Neither candidate has solved the issue of $4.00 a gallon gasoline yet and pandering won't fool everybody.

    May 7, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  61. Paula in Albuquerque

    ...and the American people just roll-over, and take it in the rear...

    May 7, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  62. Richard Heriot Bay, B.C. Canada

    Oddly enough President Bush is in the best position to make a move to get the oil industry and auto manufacturers to quickly find alternate energy solutions and retooling requirements that will have America free from dependence on foreign oil within five years or sooner. Enough time has been wasted on corn based biofuels and inadequate refinery construction. The windfall profits of corporate transportation giants is a full blown national security issue and the President has to act now to correct the problem. We can't wait for the next President to make the tough choices.

    May 7, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  63. Al, KS

    Frankly, I have not heard any real plans to solve the oil problem. If I hear one more politician talk about solar and wind again, I'm just going to scream. In case no one has noticed, wind and solar will not replace oil, unless, of course, we start driving cars with big windmills on the hood. This is a serious debate, that is going to take serious answers, not just pandering.

    May 7, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  64. Ron from Colorado

    Obama has the only plan that makes sense. He says there is no quick, easy fix. It will take a well thought-out energy policy to stimulate development of other environmentally & economically sound energy sources. Remember, he said he would be honest & tell the American people how it really is, not just what we might like to hear. He is doing what he said he would do.

    Clinton and McCain, on the other hand, are just pandering to the voters with the "gas tax vacation" that cannot be delivered by this summer. Even if it could, investors & speculators would likely bid the base price up. If not, lower prices would probably spur increased demand thereby raising prices. As to Clinton suggesting the oil companies use some of their huge profits to pay the gas taxes.....

    So, who is really THINKING of the good of the people?

    May 7, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  65. Terry from North Carolina

    The fact that no one has a real plan scares the hell out of me. The best plan WE should come up with is stop being so wasteful, plan our trips better, service our cars more frequently and drive 55. Getting rid of and not producing these big gas guzzlers would be another idea. lets work on lowering the price of diesel so the independent truckers dont go out of business.

    May 7, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  66. stan, pittsburgh, pa

    Jack the best way to reduce price is reduce demand, obama has the best plan so far! he wants immediate investment in alternative fuels,and raisingf the fuel efficiency standard on vehicles, meaning, if we make the necessary investments in a few years, prices will go down and America will stop sending our hard earned currency to rogue nations who hate us!!!

    May 7, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  67. Moses, Ca.


    I do...Lets all get a flintmobile like Fred Flintstone. We'll get excersice and save a lot of money, not to mention no polution in the air.


    May 7, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  68. JD - NH

    I don't think anyone in any party has come up with a viable solution. We need an effort similar to the Apollo space program that put a man on the moon. If that can happen in 10 years using primitive computer technology, surely there are great minds who can figure out how to run a car without gasoline.

    May 7, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  69. Will K. San Jose, CA

    Dealing with $7 gas in the short term isn't the right approach. What needs to happen is a comprehensive move away from oil dependence.

    We need the government to set aside cash rewards for automakers to hit efficiency milestones and shift towards renewable sources. Tie that money to making sure those new cars and technologies are built in American factories and you not only reduce our oil consumption, but help our auto industry and provide a number of new jobs.

    May 7, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  70. Patricia

    Jack, No One has a plan against $7.00 gas. The problem is that no one wants to accept that the cost of living is going to up & that wages are going to have meet that cost of living. Soooooooo get up off your big fat profits & your big fat tax breaks & pass the money along to those that work for you, that's what "Trickle Down Economics" was supposed to be about.

    May 7, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  71. Garnet, Corning, Oh

    Jack, remember the Alaskan pipeline? Where is that oil going? Back in the 70's when the oil was short, there was drilling all around here. I own some land, with the mineral rights, and there were several people wanting to drill on my land, I wouldn't let them for several reasons, but there hasn't been anybody around her this time, Why? I still would not let them, but what is the reason? I don't know, but there is something that we don't know. The truckers and all of America need to stay home for a day or two, all at the same time, and maybe we could stop this nightmare. And don't let the Mexican truckers in!!!! On my roads that they have not paid for.

    May 7, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  72. Ed Eberlein

    Mr. Jack, NONE of these brilliant minds has a clue. One may call for the opening of ANWR, as if that is the magic bullet. If so, then why is American oil priced the same as Saudi or Venezuelan oil? It won't have one iota of an effect on gas prices. None of these folks will ask We The People to conserve as if we are at war, which we are. We are the only nation to ever fund our enemies. Gov't should do its part by mandating all Gov't vehicles be Hybrid vehicles; Lead by example, for a change. And the big box stores could do their part by selling lawn mowers that don't use gas, ala Vermont made Neuton mowers. But none of these elected brainiacs have a clue. They are all out of touch.

    Ed of Manilla, IA

    May 7, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  73. Uncle Whitey

    Jack, if gas does go to $7.00+ a gallon, this will open opportunities for alternative fuels and technologies to be further developed and brought to market. I also think the exodus from the cities to the suburbs that begun in the 1950's will reverse itself. This will revitalize the inner cities and people will travel more by public transportation and avoid car ownership when possible.

    May 7, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  74. Steve Hayden, Idaho

    Hugo Chavez as the best idea, create a state operated, nonprofit oil company that produces $.25 a gallon gasoline. Yeah Jack, you might call it big government, but you'll be the first one cut in front of me at the gas station to get your greedy old hands on that $.25 and a gallon gas.

    May 7, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  75. Rick Bettger

    None of the candidates can do anything to stop the increase in gas prices. By the time they take office, gas will be well over $4 and rising. By that time, America will be in a deeper hole with increasing grocery prices, as well. They will face an impossible situation.

    And honestly, the president cannot do much about the economy, anyway. The only thing the president can do is influence the fiscal policy by creating the budget. But Congress tinkers with it so much that the president can't claim sole responsibility. And monetary policy is controlled by the Fed, not the president.

    America needs to find an alternative source of energy. Fast. The candidates cannot do anything about rising costs when they take office. Only America as a whole can do something.

    New York

    May 7, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  76. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    None of the candidates has a plan for this issue because we are a reactive society; too little too late. Until we as a society stop wasting this precious commodity for our own pleasures we will run the well dry and then face the consequences and then blame the government.

    May 7, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  77. Julianna Biloxi, MS


    It's time for Americans to suck it up and stop wasting so much fuel. Instead of keeping on keeping on, we need to learn to cut consumption. Heck, the Europeans have been paying much more than us for a very long time. They drive smaller cars and walk a lot. Sure wouldn't hurt us to do that.

    May 7, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  78. Helen from Mifflin County, PA

    No one could have a plan for that price of oil. Americans have to decide to live differently – first learning all the ways we are dependent on oil, not just for gasoline, but for other products as well. When we have the information we can begin to make real changes in life style. If Obama can keep lobbyists at an arm's length like he hopes to do in Washington, perhaps we can get through this without a complete economic collapse.

    May 7, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  79. Kevin Leo (Jonesboro, GA)


    I believe that Barack has the best solution for dealing with rising fuel costs. In the near future, the $1000 tax cut goes right back to consumers and long term, the emphasis on improved mileage to aid in the reduction of consumer usage and demand.

    May 7, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  80. Jim B

    Malta, NY. Jack, after the crisis in the 70's, our politians did little to prevent a future crisis. Now, our candidates can only whine and cry with the rest of us, seeking scapegoats and claiming ignorance. Thank God, we have no accountability in our government, else we'd really be in great trouble. Politians are going to be useless in averting this crisis. We can either transform our society to be less dependent NOW or take out large amounts of debt to pay for the gas use no matter the cost and once we are bankrupt and conquered, then we can seek hindsight and wonder how we could have gotten to this point.

    May 7, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  81. Tina (Ft Worth)

    Bush thought using corn was the answer and that has blown up in his face. The world is starving and I don't think McCain nor Hillary can do it so lets give Obama a whirl. He is willing to talk to all parties and not tick them off.

    May 7, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  82. More from Webster, MA

    That would be "D" none of the above.

    May 7, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  83. Annie, Atlanta

    I don't know what their individual plans may be for prices this high, but the one who cares not to put a potential 300,000 plus people out of work may at least be trying to think beyond the bandage.

    May 7, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  84. Jon (Austin, TX)

    Obama has the best long-term plan here. There is no short-term fix that will work. Obama wants to work towards requiring better fuel-efficient vehicles, more research in alternative fuel sorces, and strengthing the value of our dollar. I live in Texas and honestly we could all help ourselves as a nation if we quit buying the vehicles available here with the worst gas mileage on earth. Texas is a big state and all I see around me on the roads are Hummers, SUVs, and large trucks. We are shooting ourselfs in the foot here. Lets run a stat on which states have the worst average MPG for personal vehicles and make them feel ashamed.

    May 7, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  85. Chuck in MO

    Jack, I've read that sales of beer goes up when economic times are
    hard, as $7-$8/gallon gas would surely drive them to be further.
    So I'd say that John McCain has had the best plan, he married
    into multi-million dollar beer distributorship.

    May 7, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  86. Carole in Indiana

    The Chinese, and India, they are contributing to this fiasco

    May 7, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  87. Mike from Syracuse NY

    None of the above. Nor do any of them need a plan. The market is self correcting. When prices get high enough, alternatives will become cost competitive and will take more market share. As demand goes down, so will oil prices. It's just like the housing price appreciation a few years ago. Eventually the bubble will burst.

    May 7, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  88. Mary Whartnaby -California

    The fact that several administrations knew that we were dependent on foreign oil and didn't even start making provisions in this country to provide us with our own oil, is a disgrace! The fact that the current adminstration is turning their heads the other direction with the out-of-control price of gas, is a disgrace! Meanwhile Opec is moving right along with continuous rising prices of crude oil and nothing is being done to stop it! These three presidential candidates just want to give us a bandaid and that does not correct the problem!

    May 7, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  89. DAD in Hollis, NH

    None of the candidates have a plan to deal with the real problem. Anyone with a basic understanding of supply and demand will tell you that you need to increase supply or reduce demand to get the price down. I have heard one candidate speaking to conservation which would reduce demand but have not heard any candidate speak to opening up new areas for drilling to increase our, that’s the US, supply. Oil reserves in Alaska, off the CA coast, and in North Dakota are waiting to be tapped. Thanks to Bill Clinton’s farewell of conservation land designations in Alaska we haven’t been very busy there. Without movement in the appropriate direction on both of these items we face $7.00/Gal next year.

    May 7, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  90. Allen L Wenger

    Let's just do this by the process of elimination, eliminate the 2 who want to have a gas tax holiday. They lose all credibility by pandering on an issue this important. I guess that means Barack Obama would be best.

    May 7, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  91. Judy, Exeter, Ca

    The most honest reaction has been that of Obama. A gas tax holiday, is absurd. Given the right amount of time, and some good political advisors, I believe he can come up with a good strategy to wean us off of fossil fuels. It's not like this country doesn't have options. Over the years, there are many inventors and people who know how to produce a vehicle that can run without gasoline. We just need a strong intelligent leader with some cahonies!

    May 7, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  92. jon ottawa canada

    none. very little can be gone to stop or slow the rise of oil prices. any political or legislative plan proposed for the short term won't change the principle of supply and demand. short of finding saudi arabia under alaska, long term solutions are the only options.

    May 7, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  93. Amber - Hartwell, GA

    For several reasons, I believe that Barack Obama has the best plan:
    1) He rejected the quick fix "gas tax holiday" and stuck to his guns about making REAL change in Washington.
    2) He is the "greenest" candidate we have out there. Since much of his plan involves investing in renewable resources and new and greener technology, I think he would be able to start initiatives that will move us toward a less oil-dependent future.

    I'm still amazed that people don't realize what an opportunity we have to change the world and help the planet and ourselves in the process. If we start investing in solar power, wind turbine technology, geothermal heating, etc. we might be able to move away from oil and coal (which, sadly, will run out some day).

    Obama, we need you to help our country, and our world.

    May 7, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  94. Bob from Richmond VA

    No one will go public at this time with the plan that would address it because Americans don't want to hear the reality. Drill for more oil on US soil and conserve short term, then put some serious money into the development of alternative fuels for the long term.

    May 7, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  95. bob from wi

    guess I'll have to get rid of the lawn mower and buy a goat

    May 7, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  96. Adam Mercer Oshawa, Ontario


    D) None of the above?

    The candidates seem to think this problem will go away over time and it won't. The United States...who am I kidding, the world, needs to start treating this like the major issue it is. There needs to be massive investment in things like alternative energy sources for the power grid (wind power and solar), there needs to be massive government investment in getting people to start adding solar panels to their homes, and more money for R&D. At least with this kind of investment the gas will be there for cars a little longer....but the truth is we need a new way to power our cars, and plugging them in isn't the answer because WE STILL BURN FOSSIL FUELS TO POWER THE HOMES WE WOULD NEED TO PLUG INTO!

    May 7, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  97. James in Cape Coral, FL

    That's a no-brainer, Obama! He's the only one listening to the economist's and looking to the future. Clinton and McCain might as well be joined at the hip on this issue. They both have no long term plan and are trying to con American's into believing that every economist and even their own advisors are wrong about how the oil companies will just force the difference on us. In my opinion one would have to be quite stupid to believe either McCain or Clinton's proposals have America's best intrest at heart. But then I'm no genious. Just a simple, white, unemployed, formerly middle class American who knows B.S. when I hear it. I yearn for honesty and that's why I vote Obama.

    May 7, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  98. J Atlanta

    Saudi Arabia

    May 7, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  99. Adam Mercer Oshawa, Ontario


    D) None of the above?

    The candidates seem to think this problem will go away over time and it won't. The United States...who am I kidding, the world, needs to start treating this like the major issue it is. There needs to be massive investment in things like alternative energy sources for the power grid (wind power and solar), there needs to be massive government investment in getting people to start adding solar panels to their homes, and more money for R&D. At least with this kind of investment the gas will be there for cars a little longer....but the truth is we need a new way to power our cars, and plugging them in isn't the answer because WE STILL BURN FOSSIL FUELS TO GET THE ELECTRICITY FOR THAT PLUG!

    May 7, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  100. Marina in Huntersville

    The Republicans and their candidate have the best plan, Jack. They call it "Ignorance is Patriotic". It goes something like this...

    Politicians will keep taking money from the energy lobbyists. They will continue pushing to open ANWAR and new off-shore drilling locations, and pandering to the farmers by pushing dirty corn-based ethenol that not only pollute but jack up food prices worldwide, while ignoring clean renewable energy sources. Then they will print large American flag decals with the GOP elephant on them and hand them out to every patriotic American who buys a large SUV.

    Best of all though, for the really patriotic Americans who blame the $7 or $8 per gallon gas on the Democrats, the Republicans will provide them with a beautiful flag lapel pin to wear at all times.

    May 7, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  101. Greg ...Cabot AR

    Jack, ..........let's see, Clinton wants to give us 18 cents a gallon for three months, McCain wants to give us the same 18 cents and an oil market free from any government regulation with more tax breaks for the oil companies.....we have yet to hear anything of substance from Obama.

    I think we need to stop exporting food to the world, this would bring down our food prices and make more grain available for biofuel. Let the oil rich countries grown their own food , use their $120 a barrel crude oil to irrigate the desert and grown their own crops.

    May 7, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  102. Andrew

    non of them have the plan.. 8$ a gallon gas would be meaningless if we had an alternative fuel like biodiesel to fill our tanks. The only solution is alternative fuels

    May 7, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  103. Lori in Battle Creek, MI

    I guess it's up to Obama since the economists said that the "gas tax holiday" was not going to work. Thirty to seventy dollars in savings is not going to make a big difference to most people. Obama looked a lot more presidential in going against the Clinton & McCain political pandering.

    May 7, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  104. Frank Canada

    My solution seems so simple there must be something I am not thinking about or it would have already been done.

    If maximum speeds not only in the U.S. but also Canada aren't any higher than 70 miles an hour then why wouldn't the governments of both countries legislate all vehicles be fitted with tamper proof govenors to limit each vehicles speed to this maximum.

    If both governments could get together and make this a North American policy then sooner or later automobile manufacturers would realize there isn't a need for such high powered engines and build a much more economical and sensible vehicle better suited to everyone's basic needs.

    Of course certain vehicles would have to be exempt e.g. police, emergency & off road like race cars etc. but why does the public need a vehicle to do 140 mph?

    May 7, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  105. John from Chicago

    Jack the best plan to deal with $7 gas prices comes from a little company in texas called EESTOR. They are designing a battery to put in cars that gets you 250 miles on a 10 min charge. Zenn motors will be briging out the car in fall 2009. Goes up to 80mph.. Get ready!


    May 7, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  106. Stefan in Hoffman Estates, IL

    None of the candidates has a plan ready for 2 years out. Our politicians can't even plan for two months ahead. When gas hits $4, $5, $6 the politicians will running around declaring there is problem and then stick their heads in the sand to ignore any real debate about a solution. It is better politically to tell you about the problem, fear the problem and assess blame than to solve the problem...just look at Social Security and MediCare funding for proof.

    May 7, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  107. J. I. in Rockwall, Texas

    I doubt if any candidate has a viable “plan.” If you want a “plan” to combat high gasoline prices and reduce dependence upon foreign oil try this: Economic incentives for local (within U.S. and offshore) oil and gas drilling combined with a very high tax on imported oil. Tax incentives for more U.S. refinery capacity. Tax incentives for alternative energy development. No short term “plan” is going to help; this country desperately needs a long-term “plan.”

    As gasoline increases in price, Americans will adapt and adjust to the new market conditions . . . as we have in the past to changing economic conditions. In fact, it is not likely Americans will attempt to adjust until gas does reach $7-$8-or $10 a gallon.

    May 7, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  108. Roy Munroe

    I believe that Obama will address this issue the moment he steps into office by looking at alternatives to oil. If it comes to having to pay that much at the pump then it's time to get a subscription to National Geographic and just look at where I can't afford to get to.

    Olympia, Wa

    May 7, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  109. Jim, Winston Salem NC

    Jack, I'm not sure who has "the plan", but I for one would suggest a 2500 lb weight limit, and 50 mpg bio-diesel fueled car for starters. In a few short years, plug-in electrics can be added to improve performance, as the fueled cars downsize further when wind/solar electric generation boosts our electricity capacity. Europe has 80-100 mpg cars now, and we need to tell Detroit to eat their 300plus HP cars they push down our throats now.

    May 7, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  110. Andre / Florida

    Jack – none of the candidates have a substantive approach to dealing with the growing demand for oil, the instability of the oil producing nations and the greed of the American Oil companies. However, like any commodity Gas prices are inextricably linked to demand. With that in mind, the solution lies in changing the habits of the American public. The next leader will need to inspire "we the people" to demonstrate the courage that Americans have always possessed so that we can wean ourselves from an insane dependence on foreign oil. Like any addiction the nation will under-go a painful and gut wrenching withdrawal. This will be accompanied by a total contempt for the person(s) staging the intervention ( the President and his administration). Only one candidate has indicated that he has the confidence in the American people to attempt this kind of courageous plan; Barack Obama".

    Senator Obama has the kind of inspirational leadership and galvanizing vision to inspire America to make the necessary changes.
    His plan has always been to bring us together so that we can acheive extremely difficult and seemingly impossible objectives. From what I've witness during the recent campaign season, this plan is working. America is making progress, we are going to unite and face the future. TOGETHER!!

    Miami, Florida

    May 7, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  111. chryssa

    Obama has the plan. It's about communicating across the aisle, coming up with long-term solutions and as he says in his stump speech, telling us what we NEED to hear, not just what we want to hear.

    Boise, Idaho

    May 7, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  112. Craig from Arizona

    During the crisis in the 70's I'll bet someone asked the same question. We had a chance to start fixing the problem then and we did nothing. We have really created a mess with our oil based suburban lifestyle. We are in deep trouble and there is no way out. We use 17 million barrels of oil per day and even if we had the reserves from ANWAR that would only give us another one million barrels a day. The answer for Americans is never to conserve, but to find more oil. It is endemic in our society. We are consumers, not savers. If the price for gas will double in two years, then the only choice for consumers is to buy a vehicle that will double your miles per gallon. At least you will be even. Don't wait for Washington to help. They are too busy trying to either get elected or re-elected.

    May 7, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  113. Thom, Macon GA

    Who cares about plans! Congress has hundreds of plans that are not being voted on. Its about leadership! Obama is the one who can lead us out of the troubles we face. Be it high fuel prices, medical insurance, war, border security or corporate greed, Obama is the guy who can motivate this great nation of ours to get the job done.

    Just give us a leader who is all-inclusive in his vision for a better America.

    May 7, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  114. sean vancouver


    Mr. Obama has talked alot about how to fix this problem. He has thrown out green fuel(not ethonol), he talked of gas freindly cars, most important on many issues as well as this one he talked of personal resoponsibility. I is our job to walk to the market, work, school, beer store. It would save gas and money on health care. He talks alot about being repsonsible and he is 100% right. I think this is why he has a hard time with the elderly they do not like people telling them they helped brake it and they are going to personally have to help fix it.

    May 7, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  115. Sharon

    Obama has the best plan. Having said that, I paid $5.2l a gallon at the gaspump here in British Columbia yesterday – and Canada is an oil rich country. Go figure. Last month I paid nearly $l0.00 a gal in the UK..

    May 7, 2008 at 3:53 pm |

    none of them have a plan that will work because almighty oil rules. oil companies pull the strings and all the little puppets jump. by the time oil prices come down, george w bush will be sitting on a pile of money in crawford laughing at the stupid american people.

    May 7, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  117. Dave, Brooklyn, NY

    None of them do, but Obama has the closest. We need to stop buying our fuel from the people who hate us. When we are really down on our knees, they will give the remaining supplies to China. We have to immediately develop solar, nuclear fusion and figure out how to burn coal with little environmental damage. We NEED to completely end any and all dependence on oil period. Unless we start now, we are toast and the Chinese will eat our grandchildren for breakfast.

    May 7, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  118. Kirk (Apple Valley, MN)

    Nobody. It doesn't matter. As soon as whoever is elected takes office, they will fall in line with the oil companies and blow smoke up the publics backside making them believe that they're doing something about it. Besides, it will be McCain and Republican's don't believe in supporting the general public.

    May 7, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  119. Bill from Oklahoma

    Jack, like the other morons in newsroom, you slant the facts to obsfucate the truth. Clinton has been tauting a plan as has Obama. Get out of Iraq., develop alternative energy sources, bio-fuels, solar pwer, wind power and other consevation measures. Obama supports nuclear power. I like both candidates programs. But why would you slant your story to say the tax holiday is her entire energy program?

    May 7, 2008 at 4:33 pm |
  120. Jim Myron from Pittsburgh

    The candidate who pushes for the development of solar powered automobiles. Oil has no future. Just as the US of A got to the moon, we can develope solar powered vehicles. Just commit the resources of the free human mind in this great country, and we will be there sooner than all the pessimists think. The sky is not falling. The sun will come up tomorrow. Lets be there to capture its unlimited power. Peace.

    May 7, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  121. Brett from Texas


    The problem isn't who has the best plan to help with the high costs of gas. I will bear the burden and deliver the bad news to America. High gas prices are here to stay, no matter who is President, and will only increase as China, Russia, India, and other countries continue to increase their energy use. The right question is, who has the resolve to address the solutions necessary to free us from fossil fuels and move America into the renewable energy future while simultaneously doing that little thing of saving our planet. If you have been watching the campaign the last few weeks, you know exactly who the man is for that job!

    May 7, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  122. Susan from Twentynine Palms, CA

    Barack comes closest to having a plan, in his campaign he has emphasized clean coal, alternative energy and hybrid or electric vehicles. In any case, he has addressed us honestly and made it clear that there is no easy fix, like a gas tax holiday. This problem has taken a long time to reach this point; it will not be solved overnight.

    May 7, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  123. Nancy, Cunningham, TN

    None of the candidates have come up with a plan for handling the rising price of gasoline. Every American should be doing something to help. Car pools are a good idea, thinking ahead about what errands you need to run and do them all at one time, stop riding around for fun, put off that road trip for a year. Companies who use plastic to cover everything need to come up with new packaging. Our dependency on oil is not all in our gas tanks. Look around you at all the things that are made from petroleum. We can't just sit back and wait for the auto industry to solve our dependency on oil. Americans must take the first steps to stop using so much oil and set an example for the rest of the world who is becoming more dependent on oil.

    May 7, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  124. upset voter in TX

    Not Obama he has no plans but to copy somoene else that has done well. he has no backbone of his own. He is a fake and people need to start reviewing what he has done how he came up. You wouldn't be that impressed then

    May 7, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  125. Mike in Flint, MI

    Nobody has a sufficient plan for the energy issues in this country.

    Obama is focused on a long-term strategy and Clinton and McCain have short-term solutions, but we need both short-term and long-term ideas!

    We need to begin drilling in ANWR and start building new nuclear plants right now in order to start weaning us off foreign energy and we must continue to develop and implement wind, solar, fusion, and other renewable energy technologies for today and the future. In addition, we do need to start being more responsible about our energy consumption; conserving power, driving less when possible, and buying energy efficient appliances are great starts that anyone can do beginning tonight.

    I think Obama's plans are superior and are a step in the right direction, but they're still not enough.

    May 7, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  126. Marc in DeKalb, IL

    It is time to start manufacturing synthetic oil and using it as often as possible. It has to be cheaper to make than we are paying now, and the mere threat of it was enough to send OPEC running scared the last time it was seriously considered.

    We are being extorted, and we need to do SOMETHING.

    May 7, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  127. Christopher Gagliardi

    I don’t think it is the job of the candidate to take care of gas prices. Prices will, and SHOULD go up 8,9 10 dollars a gallon because of simple laws of supply and demand. It is the only motivation that will catalyze the rapid development of cost efficient alternatives. When gas loses its monetary appeal than cleaner sources will make there way into the American mainstream. This, this is the foresight required by a candidate to tackle these energy issues. The carbon in fossil fuels should be used for things such as plastics, it should not be carelessly put into the atmosphere. The faster gas prices increase, the faster a green future will be come a reality. Mr. Obama is far better equipped than either of the two remaining "choices" which have demonstrated next to no thought process in their gas/energy policies.

    May 7, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  128. Karen, Ontario, Canada

    None of them. Did any of them suggest re-introducing the electric car?

    May 7, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  129. Bob Fleming


    McCain. He plans to invade Iran. Oil will go to $12 a gallon.

    Bob Fleming
    Louisville, Ky

    May 7, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  130. Al from Portland, OR

    Obama's learned staff should quit criticizing proposals and devise a plan of their own so the candidate does not look stupid. Monday morning quarterbacks are a dime a dozen.

    May 7, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  131. Bruce St Paul MN

    If McCain were elected, he would have to do whatever the oil companies told him to do, just like the Shrub. I don't think consumer pain figures into their decision making. Hillary would try to force the oil companies to give back the money. Fat chance.Obama seems most likely of the three to at least try to seek long term solutions. We can't negate the law on supply and demand. We can't achieve oil independence by buying from American companies, if there is such a thing. It doesn't work that way. We have to look at our demand and consumption. We have to develop other senergy sources as much as possible. We have to look at other petroleum based products and reduce those. We have to change our transportaion attitudes, maybe our work schedules, leisure activities, mass transportaion alternatives. There are lots of things to do, but no magic bullet.. It will take time.

    May 7, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  132. Tim (Akron, Ohio)

    None of them. Not right now at least.
    I think they are all looking at plans and will be deciding on their course of action soon.
    I respect Obama for not trying to pacifty the masses with a pointless measure that wouldn't save American's much money.

    May 7, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  133. Hubert Bertrand

    IT is past time to have electric cars, Bikes, and walk more. That will not happen as long as we have a little money,We will buy gas at any price and they know that, Till people start starving and don't have (ANY MONEY) it will not change and politicians know that.

    May 7, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  134. tony catalfamo

    nobody you think obama will he will just blow smoke like the rest them the people of this country need to wake up all we get is promises they cant keep

    May 7, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  135. Mary Connecticut

    President Obama will look into alternative to fossil fuel, encourage us to walk and car pool, make public transportaion affordable, easy, and available; he'll stop buying oil from our enemies, he'll install solar panels on the White House, and stop using AIr Force One for transportaion ....all of this will magically take place the day he takes his oath, so I don't think any of us have anything to worry about.

    May 7, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  136. Linda, Kennesaw GA

    None of them. Jimmy Carter reduced the speed limit to 55 mph to save gas, and Gov. Brian Schweitzer of Montana is already supporting the development of technology to turn coal into synthetic gasoline. It's non-polluting, produces usable byproducts, and costs less than one-half the price of a gallon of oil. America is blessed with untold coal resources. Why isn't anyone talking about this?

    May 7, 2008 at 4:47 pm |
  137. Peter O'Donnell

    I do. Take all taxes off gasoline sales in the USA and Canada, and add a compensating sales tax on goods and services. In Canada that would involve putting our current GST of 5% back to the former 7%. In the USA it might involve introducing a national sales tax in that range. This gives the average person a chance to budget successfully for their gasoline needs, and places the discretionary income back into the rest of the economy. But prices of many goods will go down because of the lower gas prices.

    May 7, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  138. Bob L from Philadelphia, PA

    No one. Congress just passed a law that increases the ethanol that is put into gasoline through 2022. Ethanol has not been the "proven" non-pollutant that most scientists thought it would be. According to recent reports, it sounds like if you take ethanol out, no more polution will occur. This will drive down prices as it is expensive to add ethanol and drive down the price of corn and other ethanol based products, which means less demand, and even lower prices. I would also support a wiping out of gas taxes altogether, while raising taxes on cigarettes, alcohol, junk food and drinks (and I love junk food and Pepsi), fast food and other non-necessities. Necessities, like gas, should not be taxed. Non-necessities should be. This is why I plan to run for office in two years. We need a real change.

    May 7, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  139. Cheryl (Marietta, GA)

    "Plan" is a strong word, Jack.
    I believe either of the democrats would be better at developing a plan than McCain; but I don't think a real, viable PLAN exists for any of them right now.
    However, Senator Obama's principled stand against the ridiculous pandering support of both McCain & Clinton's proposed "federal gas tax holiday" leads me to believe he would at least be realistic. I believe he would/will develop a plan that actually fixes our energy problems rather than pretends to fix something by proposing legislation that doesn't help average Americans much and doesn't have a chance in hell of being passed. (i.e. oil company "windfall taxes")

    May 7, 2008 at 4:51 pm |
  140. Tom in Austin

    There are no easy answers, but Barack Obama has the best plan to deal with this. His plan is to first understand the totality of the problem. Then to consult with both sides of the political aisle to find a solution that will be supported by a majority. However, it will take some political courage to come up against the oil companies that are getting away with economic murder. It was just reported that the Texas state budget suddenly has over a $10B surplus when not too long ago the budget was in deficit. And, believe me the state of Texas does not like to tax oil companies too aggressively, so you have to conclude that oil companies have a windfall of profits from the last year.

    May 7, 2008 at 4:51 pm |
  141. John E


    None of them.

    We need a leader in this issue. Private industry should be charged with trying to find alternative energy solutions and the governments should help to finance it. I think a windfall tax should be put on all profits for gas companies who do not put in a certain amount of money to research and development towards alternate energy solutions. Anything above a certain amount will be put in a fund and will be used to grant new companies to put the time and energy the government doesn't have the expertise to do.

    Obama could be a leader to do so, Clinton and McCain are bought and paid for by the oil companies no matter what they say so they will not solve the problem. But sadly unless we get rid of the influence that was created by the big oil man in office now it will never happen.

    John E
    Carlsbad, CA

    May 7, 2008 at 4:51 pm |
  142. Carlos

    When more than half of the voters who voted for Clinton say that they won't give Obama their vote if he wins the nomination, it means the Democratic party will lose if Obama is the presidential candidate. She should go independent.

    Puerto Rico

    May 7, 2008 at 4:51 pm |
  143. DMAC/Post Falls, ID

    I haven't heard anything from Obama accept what he wanted to do 3 times before now is a bad idea . At least Hillary is trying to do something.
    The one that gets out of the ecologists pockets and tells them to back off and makes the oil companies uncap wells we already have that can start producing right now here and start building refineries or the gove't puts gas and oil back into regulation like it use to be, then that is the best person.

    May 7, 2008 at 4:52 pm |
  144. Mike, Ohio

    Jack we need someone in the Whitehouse that can bring about real change. We need a long term plan to wean ourselves off of foreign oil. Someone who is going to invest and reshape this country with a new direction towards things like Hydrogen fuel cells or new technologies to be able to cut our ties with the Middleeast. We’ve been talking about this for thirty or forty years and if we don’t start doing something now I am afraid we wil be talking about the same thing in twenty more. That’s if we do go bankrupt first. The person to lead the way for this change is Barack Obama!

    May 7, 2008 at 4:55 pm |
  145. Ray Kinserlow

    At $7 a gallon, it is probably time for hari kiri.

    Lubbock, Texas

    May 7, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  146. Eric

    None of them. I m yet to hear someone tell cooperations to stops outsourcing American jobs to places like China and India. They are the same people who under value their currencies to gain advantage over us and create unnecessary competition for oil. Let it be fair trade not free trade. Since we didn't get the WMDs why don't get the oil. I hear they have lots of it.

    May 7, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  147. Jeff in E. lyme, CT

    Jack, isn't $7 a gallon gas a Republican plan?

    May 7, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  148. Pete, Fla.

    Jack, I can't answer this question, and nobody else should be able to either. You know why? Because there's one candidate who keeps slipping under the radar and getting away with just attacking others while not suggesting ideas himself. That's Obama of course. Before he criticizes Clinton or McCain's gas tax holiday again, he needs to clearly state his own answer to rising gas prices. He may be winning, but that doesn't give him a free pass to say anything he wants.

    May 7, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  149. Okla, .Senior

    Senator Obama does not seem to have any concrete plans for dealing with anything. He simply dances around any real issues so he will not help people with the high gas costs. I think that Senator Clinton will be better helping Americans with this and other domestic issues. Senator Obama will just throw more tax money in for living costs such as food, housing and health care. He is a real socialist but not a excellent leader.

    May 7, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  150. Linda Richards

    You mean who has the worst plan, don't you? After doing nothing about the problem for decades, there will unimaginable consequences. Maybe the government will have to buy up all the oil at a fair price and make private ownership illegal like FDR did with the gold. The absurd notion that we could get tough with OPEC is as laughable to me as I'm sure it is to OPEC. Linda in NJ

    May 7, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  151. Chuck Clausen

    What's Hillary doing in West Virginia today? I thought that she would be in Washington making sure we got the gas tax relief she has been promising us this last month, plus she needed to get a veto proof bill through tthe congress which would have had the oil companies paying a windfall profits tax. Could it be she has not rolled up her sleaves and gone to work for us like she has been promising?

    May 7, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  152. Philip

    I'm in Toronto, gas is $1.25 a litre, thats over $5.00 Gallon today. My driving has been reduced, my summer vacation will not be in Disney World. I don't expect to see too many tourists here either. Canada has enough gas for North America, we are like Arabia lite. The best plan is to stop exporting out of North America. Set a North American Price and live with it, we could have a buck a gallon back for the next 100 years. It just takes political will.

    May 7, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  153. Deborah from Sausalito, CA

    The one who hires Al Gore.

    May 7, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  154. Kevin

    Jack, none of the above. Although the candidates mean well the problem is much more complicated and out of control than they know how to fix. Because demands of oil are so high by China and the US the oil companies are going to charge what they want. Their is no problem with supply presently. Before automotive technology catches up, fuel conservation is the only answer on a global scale. Sounds impossible huhhh!

    Warren, MI

    May 7, 2008 at 5:06 pm |
  155. Michael from Seattle

    The candidate who boldly puts forth a plan to harness the considerable technology that exists in this country and force the hard choices that need to be made to end the energy madness.

    The specter of $7a gallon gas is the type of catalyst the bold President can use to push all of the necessary parties to a solution. Can you imagine what the price of corn, rice, cooking oil, heat, lights, etc. will be if the price of a gallon of gas is $7? The impact that this price point would have on the world economic output?

    It is time to be bold and there is only one candidate who has shown the leadership and vision to bring this country to the vision necessary to truly confront the $7 a gallon gas specter. That candidate is Barack Obama.

    May 7, 2008 at 5:07 pm |
  156. Christine from California

    The only person who has a plan is Al Gore, but he's too smart to run. He's gotten the last laugh – a Nobel Prize, while all Bush will get is the Booby Prize, at our expense.

    Thousand Oaks Ca

    May 7, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  157. John in San Diego

    Jack, Barack Obama is the only candidate – of all three – who has the cajones to speak the truth. A pandering "gas tax holiday" is not even a true quick fix – and it would only exacerbate the real problem: excessive demand. A real solution to our dependence on foreign oil will be a visionary comprehensive energy policy, one that may hurt in the short run, and only Obama is honest enough to provide the leadership needed to make the necessary difficult choices.

    May 7, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  158. Gigi in Alabama

    Repealing the .18 tax is just a short term mini-fix. Try going back and reading what Sen. Clinton is proposing for the long haul. It is very comprehensive, but she will need to be president with a Democratic Congress to implement it. As it stands now, it looks as if Obama will be the Democratic nominee and I have my doubts about him. I really do not like Clinton either, but I guess I'll have to hold my nose and vote for one of them since John Edwards is no longer in the picture.

    May 7, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  159. Mel (Illinois)

    Jack. Not impressed with either political handout but Obam's would keep us fat dumb and happy longer. Maybe a better plan would be to hold congressional midterm elections every few months. Remember how quickly the republican machine brought the gas prices down more than a dollar a gallon during the last one to try to keep us happy and maintain congressional control. The predident alone can't do much. Congress has to act in our interest. They can do it only when properly motivated with loosing their power and privelege.

    May 7, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  160. Mace

    She needs to understand that Fl. & Mich. broke the rules and they knew that they were breaking the rules when they held their respective elections so as it stands right now their results mean squat.

    She doesn’t have the financial support Senator Obama has so she needs to drop out and get behind the next President of the United States of America, Barack Obama

    May 7, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  161. Terri

    I doubt any of them have a clue what needs to be done. I suspect that McCain and Clinton will be more interested in taking care of the higher class. Then, they can give back 18 cents per gallon to the rest of us and act as if they have given us an estraordinary gift. They will expect that we bow down and act grateful we were even given that much attention. After all, the election will be over when they truly would have to do something besides talk about doing something.

    May 7, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  162. Alvaro

    Hillary ofcourse. I am not talking about the short term stop of the federal gas tax but rather the direct taxing on oil companies profits that will then be invested into alternative fuels. Sen. Obama has said he opposes all that Hillary has offered but offers no solutions. Again thgis shows the big divide on the Democratic Party those who vote with their minds go with Hillary and those who vote with their hear go with Obama. Remeber the last time this happened the Democrats ended up with either a candidate like Sen. McGovern or even worse a terrible president like Jimmy Carter which I blame for all that has happened in Iran and destroyed the Democratic Party's reputation until the early 90s when Bill Clinton cleaned up the mess.

    May 7, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  163. Lonnie

    What everyone isn't talking about is that there is one big winner in the gas crisis, the Government. They are taking more out of each gallon of gas than Exxon that they are demonizing. They are also a big winner with the so-called wind fall profits. Don't forget who is getting 40% of the billions of dollars in profits, the federal government. This is why I'm in favor of the gas tax holiday that you elitest are bashing. I've always said that if the government gave a rat's butt about gas prices, they would drop their cut. Also the 30 cents a day savings claimed by Obama is flat wrong. There are tens of thousands of people in the country that make their living driving trucks that move every single thing in this country that we consume and there are farmers that burn hundreds of gallons of fuel every day this time of the year putting out crops to feed you. A gas tax holiday is a much better stimulus than the congress passed that wasn't paid for either and doesn't need to be, the government needs to do with less like the rest of us.

    May 7, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  164. John from NC

    The candidates need to help America embrace the truth that expensive gas is an inevitable side effect of our destruction of the environment. Our gas is still cheaper than in most other countries... we just need to adjust. They should also get more aggressive with alternative energy policies. Unfortunately though, it's very difficult to raise enough money to get elected while opposing oil companies and telling people truths they don't want to hear. So I think we'll just end up learning the lesson the hard way when peak oil hits.

    May 7, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  165. Frank

    Even talking about $7.00 a gallon by CNN is the height of leftist scare tactics.

    You guys are completely off the reservation.

    Cafferty is a loose marble on a warped floor.


    May 7, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  166. Monica from Virginia

    This is a Mike Huckabee strategy copied by Senator Hillary Clinton.
    She is refusing to take advice to drop out of the race from anyone around her. What is her plan or purpose? Only Senator Clinton knows. Former President Bill Clinton looked quite confused last night as she spoke to the supporters in Indiana.
    Maybe she's waiting for, "The skies to open and for the light to come shining through and everyone will sing songs of praises. ; )

    May 7, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  167. R. Brian


    Over the past few days I have heard a collection of oil representatives tell congress and the media that no new refineries have been built for the past three decades and, now that they are facing the inevitable shift away from oil, they have NO incentive to start now.

    The ironic piece to all of this, I believe, is that the current profit-taking by the oil companies IS being reinvested in R & D for new fuel sources. So, in the future, we will be at the mercy of the same rouges, bilking us for new energy from research that WE ( the consumer and taxpayer) have funded out of our pockets. One only need watch the revolting commercials by these pirates telling us what wonderful / caring guys they are and how they are looking out for our future. Hah!

    Double-dipped again !

    May 7, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  168. Michael (Bartlett IL)

    Helpful ideas:

    1) We need to build new refineries which will equal more supply
    2) Drill in the gulf (carefully – impose massive penalties for leakage)
    3) Use a 'many source' approach to alternate sources of power: wind, sun, nuclear, hydrogen, and bio fuels.
    4) Conserve, Conserve, and Conserve 'Save The Planet' 🙂

    Mr. Droste

    May 7, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  169. Michelle in Cary, NC

    Obama wants to fund those programs that will develop energy independence, especially from oil. We need that 100 fold...and fast! It's time for change. My next purchase will be a hydrogen fuel cell car.

    May 7, 2008 at 5:44 pm |
  170. Grant from Lava Hot Springs, Idaho

    None of the candidates for president have a plan for $7-8 per gallon for gas. Toyota and Honda, with their hybrids and Tesla with its electric car have a plan. Don't ask the politicians to solve this. They move too slow.

    May 7, 2008 at 5:45 pm |
  171. John from NJ

    The closest would be Sen. McCain – he is the one that knows you will have to allow more drilling by AMERICAN oil company’s here in AMERICA – He knows not to punish or demonize AMERICAN company’s – He knows you can fund and grow a green environment at the same time and not have to not punish and price Americans out of their cars to push a democratic agenda.

    May 7, 2008 at 5:45 pm |
  172. Tom, Avon, Maine, The Heart of Democracy

    The same guy responsible for cleaning up the rest of the Republican mess, President Barack Obama. What a country. God has blessed America.

    May 7, 2008 at 5:46 pm |
  173. Marie

    The American people! Stop buying gas guzzlers that waste gas; stop buying gas...period and watch the prices go down.

    May 7, 2008 at 5:46 pm |
  174. Eric

    None of them. Period. We need to immediately look toward alternative energy sources, something which has been hinted at but never fully developed. Oil imports must be reduced by 50% within 5 years.

    May 7, 2008 at 5:47 pm |
  175. Julia, Kentucky

    Well, Jack, since gas is already 3.75 a gallon here where I live in the Eastern part of the state, it has already exceeded the national average. Maybe the candidates should drop their pandering promises and actually get down to devising a plan to use our own oil for our own use...why have it and not use it? We are paying out the nose for demand from other countries...when and how will it end...not in November to be sure!!

    May 7, 2008 at 5:53 pm |
  176. Steve from California

    The only affordable plan is public transportation– take the bus and the train. They've always done that in Europe. Driving our own cars and trucks is no longer feasible. What breaks my heart, though, is an American Icon, the average Joe's Summer road trip, is now something only the wealthy can afford. What the hell is happening to us?

    May 7, 2008 at 5:55 pm |
  177. theresa

    hillary's plan on the gas would mean alot to people struggling to make ends meat. i'm speaking of the really poor in this nation and there are plenty these days. i think it is pathetic when obama makes the joke about a half tank of gas, that is like laughing at the poor. i sure there are plenty who would like to have a half tank to try to make it thru the week. for those who drive alot, it would make a difference.

    May 7, 2008 at 5:56 pm |
  178. Richard, Syracuse, NY

    the solution to the price of gas is easy. Take the Crude off the commodities market. You have guys on Wall Street becoming Millionares on the backs of the rest of us. Allow the Energy Dept to buy all the Crude and sell it to the Oil Companies and make just enough profit to pay for the process and buy some for the Stregic Oil Reserve. Gas is just one example. Wall Street has lost its sole. At one time people made a great deal of money but insured that it did not really harm the rest of us, but no longer. The people on Wall Street do not care about the rest of us at all.

    May 7, 2008 at 5:59 pm |
  179. EBC

    Sen. Obama. You don't have to be a brain scientist to figure this one out Jack. These quick panderings are OLD and TIRED. It's NEVER going to get passed by Bush so let's NOT fool ourselves.

    Let's move on.

    May 7, 2008 at 6:00 pm |
  180. Troy

    Unfortunately for us Jack, that candidate was Ron Paul. Unfortunately Jack the candidate who had a lot of good ideas on a lot of issues, was Ron Paul.

    May 7, 2008 at 6:00 pm |
  181. Len in Clarkston, WA

    None of them have a plan, Jack. Until now, the American people have viewed oil, gasoline and natural gas as something included in the Constitution. ???

    How about this: Smaller houses, smaller cars, smaller yards, fewer gas guzzling toys, fewer things to plug-in that cause increased demand of electricity etc, etc.

    Jack, WE are the problem. We have been spoiled for decades and it's now time to face reality.

    Let's see which of them has the gumption to tell the truth.

    May 7, 2008 at 6:00 pm |
  182. Jake

    Jack: The Repulican voters shrugged off McCain because the party itself has been doing that to our citizens for 7+ years, and McCain is Bush redivivus, revived, and ressurected.
    Jake in Oregon

    May 7, 2008 at 6:02 pm |
  183. Lee in Franklin, TN

    At least he doesn't believe in giving out false hope and trade-offs just for votes. A real leader tells the truth and it's about time we had one.

    May 7, 2008 at 6:03 pm |
  184. Chad from WV

    Ron Paul has a plan for dealing with $7 or $8 a gallon gasoline. It's called returning to the gold standard, getting rid of the federal reserve, and stop taxing the American people to death. But that didn't seem to be too popular during this election. We don't care if the wound is still bleeding as long as it doesn't look as bad as it really is.

    May 7, 2008 at 6:03 pm |
  185. Phil, VT

    Al Gore .......oh wait he's not a candidate...sorry
    Exxon Mobile,,,, shoot wrong again.
    The Saudi's ....oh man I am not even thinking straight

    May 7, 2008 at 6:03 pm |
  186. Deirdre

    The candidate is each of us. We need to look inward to find ways to reduce our consumption and dependence on oil. Those in power feel that as long as we are driving our cars and trucks each week to the gas station, there is no limit to how high the price on the barrel and at the pump will go.

    May 7, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  187. Sandra in SC

    Can't you see the writing on the wall? It says President Barack Obama. He clearly has the long term plan for dealing with the $7 or $8 potential gas prices. Hillary and McCain aligned together on another occasion against Obama's good judgement. They sent our kids to Iraq. He said he trusted us, the American people to choose who has our best interest in mind. I return that trust. Hillary, stop it with your pandering. I feel insulted and this is why you get the uneducated vote.

    May 7, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  188. Judy Loverde

    Senator Hillary Clinton has the solution to gasoline prices. First in the short run the 18 cents/gallon reduction even for 3 months would greatly assist those of us who could use yes–even a band-aid to stop the bleeding for a short while; and if you don't want your savings, Jack, please send it down to me! In the long run, the solution will be reigning in the oil speculators on the high seas. Put some skids on them , and watch a barrel of oil go way down in price. It is the speculators and only they who are being allowed to do this to us. Hillary Clinton has the courage and the know-how to solve this one, for sure!

    May 7, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  189. Mike

    The president has little to no control over the price of gasoline. Market forces control that.

    I've read economists speculate that the ("tipping point") national average price of a gallon of unleaded gasoline will not rise more than around $4 per-gallon because at that price people start consuming less and demand declines as a result, driving down the price.

    Economics. The free market system will regulate the price of gasoline, not Hillary, Obama, or McCain.

    May 7, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  190. Jason

    Wow, I think it is reprehensible that GS would even suggest $8 gallon gas. Your report said it all "...on this information gas prices rose to $125 a barrel..." It constitutes a form of "group monopoly" where the ultra-rich make billions (see Exxon, BP, Chevron, and Clean Coal who have invested millions recently in their "hey we do green technologies" PR campaign over the last few months) while the American economy is demolished, and the world endures global food shortages from soaring energy costs. It is time that somebody pushes this energy monopoly and its insidious price gouging to the forefront of this campaign. Jack you are the right man for the job. Please help us.

    May 7, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  191. Darlene Eschlboeck

    None of them....
    We all know that promises are abundant at election time and they never follow through. The sad thing, we always fall for it. Are we hopeful or stupid?
    If one of them talks about hydrogen being the answer and telling the middle east to stick their oil, elect them: quick. What I don't understand is why these countries don't realize that these prices will make us race to find another answer and they will be out on their butts or are they confident that all members of parliament are in their pockets and will keep us dependent on oil? MMMMmmmm

    May 7, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  192. Peter Kagel


    The candidate who pushes the air car as hard as the Manhattan Project in WWII, the car invented by the French that uses compressed air, not oil for fuel. The oil speculators are suddenly going to have empty pockets and our skies will eventually clear. Its being built by Tata Motors for India and is supposed to be available here in 2010. Check it out on youtube.

    May 7, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  193. Clifford Neal

    For me it's Sen. Obama hands down, simply because he is not fooling himself or pandering to potential voters with lame ideas i.e. "tax holiday" rather his focus is on vehicle efficiency and the elimination of dependence. The real question is how long will it take to get there because there are no short term solutions. Sen. Obama has the foresight to know this and that at least is moving in the right direction.

    May 7, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  194. David Sandy

    None of them have a real long term plan, although allo three seem to be leaning toward a hard-nosed approach toward finding alternative sources of energy. You did not ridicule Obama for his non-approach. Perhaps you could enlighten us about his solution and how it would work.



    May 7, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  195. Mike

    Who has the best plan? You do Jack. You have the answers for everything else.

    May 7, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  196. Fred Bednar

    We need to do more "off shore" oil drilling to become more energy independent. When Reagan encouraged more domestic oil production the price of oil dropped in half.

    May 7, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  197. David

    Clinton should continue despite all of her critiques calling her to quit. She is a much more capable candidate than Obama to deal with problems we are facing, ie economy, and War in Iraq. Obama talks big about changes, but he has no clues nor strategies as how we we can combate the problems we are facing. Besides, Obama has been hanging around with people who are traitors of America despite of repeatly he claimed to to a patriot.

    May 7, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  198. Ken

    Which candidate for President has the plan to strengthen the US dollar?

    How much would we be paying for gasoline today if the US dollar was at the same value as it was in 2003?

    May 7, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  199. Mark Ruble

    Neither of the 3 candidates. Ron Paul would be the sensible choice but does not have the Republican support in the legislative DC to swing American voters to him.

    May 7, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  200. Alexander

    I haven't researched this, but I seriously doubt any of the current candidates have a comprehensive plan for dealing with $7 or $8 a gallon for gas. And it's not like we have a viable alternative to compete with oil either. Let's face it, the only way to lower prices or to at least minimize their increase is to increase the supply. Why aren't we drilling for more oil? People want jobs? There's one source right there.

    May 7, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  201. Bertrand

    Since when the U.S. government has control over oil production ? oil prices and oil demand ? No candidate has a better plan because they cannot have a plan. The world depends on oil and the price is set by supply and demand, so stop asking a candidate to come up with a plan to change something they cannot be changed.

    May 7, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  202. Ceil

    Much as I'm for Obama, I don't think he has a plan yet. But I do think he’s the one who doesn’t have his hand in the pockets of the oil companies.
    Kennedy made a commitment to put a man on the moon in 10 years, and we did it. Why can't we come up with a commitment to have only electric or hydrogen cell cars in 10 years?

    May 7, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  203. Don from Storrs, Connecticut

    Good God, I remember when the price of gasoline was a little over a dollar a gallon. Long ago I got over the fact that I would never see that again in my lifetime and it is time the politicians stop being delusional and actually do what we elect them to and show leadership. I believe Barack Obama is that guy but the problem is much bigger than him. Oil is essential to the functioning of our nation and until we all agree that it is time to find alternative sources of energy and quit consuming foreign oil we will all collectively stand under the proverbial sword of Damocles.

    May 7, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  204. Tony

    None of them do. I am from the JFK time. We made a commitment to get to the moon and return safety by the close of the decade (sixties) and we did. We now need a national commitment to reduce oil consumption by a specific amount and a specific time. As with JFK, he let the way and all Americans joined the challenge. The company I worked developed specific components for Apollo. There was a national unity in purpose within companies such as the one I worked for as well as across the country. One candidate has to make a commitment no one has

    May 7, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  205. marcel beauchamp


    once again you are not reporting the whle story. you are saying that hillary has only offered the vacation tax reduction, when in fact she has offered ,in addition, a long term plan, including forcing the cartel to desist through a court order. that is only on e of her long term pla

    so for your answer, both hillary and obama are prepared to fight with the cartel to improve the situation.


    p.s.:hillary has $ 11500,000 reasons for herto continue until its over

    May 7, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  206. Pippie in Prunedale, California

    Dear Mr. Cafferty, My moped gets 100 miles per gallon so what do I care how expensive gas gets. As far as you're concerned, it doesn't matter what kind of mileage you get, you aren't going anywhere. My posse in Brooklyn just let the air out of your tires. Maybe next time, you'll see fit to post my email on your blog. But thanks anyway for offering me a ride home. Maybe tomorrow, OK?

    May 7, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  207. Sean

    Wake up!

    Gas at $7 is the convergence of a two global issues – peak oil and global population overshoot.

    The solution – firstly, an effort with Manhattan project urgency to find an alternative source of energy, secondly a series of enlightened policy initiatives to steadyt and reduce global population to a level that will avert this headlong plunge into the reality of a Malthusian scenario.

    May 7, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  208. Gary

    It takes vision, strategy, planning and leadership to solve any major problem including the 'gasoline' issue. Obama is the ONLY canidate who has shown all of these traits to solve this and the other major problems the current administration has gotten this wonderful country into over the last 7+ years.

    May 7, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  209. Julie Doyle

    None of candidates have a plan Jack but we know of two that will claim to!

    Gas at $8 a gallon will be the end of of us all and why the energy crisis in the 70's didn't clue us in; that we needed alternate energy choices, tells me our government hasn't payed attention to this crisis in over 30 years. Obama will be our best hope for tackling this challenge as he's the only one who's not passing out band-aids!

    May 7, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  210. Gary, Salt lake City Ut

    Jimmy Carter had the answer some 30 years ago. I know you didn't care to much for Mr. Carter and his ideas back then, but if we had listen to him we would be telling all those who live in the middle east to eat their oil because we don't need it. We need to finally go cold turkey and get off oil for once and for all. I'm just not sure anyone running for office has the leadership to pull it off.

    May 7, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  211. david robertson

    None of them do ! heres a thought . Take the money being spent in Iraq and rebuild New Orleans , then use the rest to fund a national energy race program similar to the Man on the moon program in the 60's with tax breaks and incentives for new buisiness's in new energy technologies , be it hydrogen, solar , wind, chemical, fussion , or electric.

    May 7, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  212. Karen Hanks from Beaumont, TX

    I do not believe any candidate has a plan for dealing with $7.00 a gallon gas. But I do. The American people need to quit driving these huge cars and trucks. Buy economical cars. Carpool when possible. The big problem is Americans do not want to give up anything but we may just have to learn how to CONSERVE. We need a President that will tell us that.

    May 7, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  213. lewis morton

    the answer is none of them. The solution is tied to the value of the dollar which is controlled by the federal bank which since Reagan have actively tried to lower the dollars value to boost exports. They are as out of touch as the Bush admin. We need to raise the dollars value world wide so we can pay less for oil and get cheeper stuff from Wal-Mart and keep our SUV'S.

    May 7, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  214. Cecil B

    I believe Obama is the only candidate with hands untied and no IOU's in his political pocket, therefore he is the best one to be objective and impartial in considering new solutions to mitigate the oil / gas crisis.

    It is no coincidence that Hillary and Mc Cain stumbled upon the same short-term bandaid for removing the taxes off gas for the summer, they are cut from the same bail of Washington cloth.

    In Obama we have fresh ideas, unspent energies and hope for a new direction.


    May 7, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  215. Yos - Chicago


    None of the candidates have any plan for oil increases. You implied that Clinton and McCain had inadequate plans for $7/gal. That isn't what they said and your implecation is that Obama does. Baloney!

    None of them have any plans or fixes.

    May 7, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  216. Steve, OK

    Not one of the candidates has a plan for anything. They just spout whatever pie in the sky thought thats comes to them in their sleep.
    Clinton wants to take big oil profits and put them in a fund to develop
    alternative energy. How is that going to affect oil prices right now? Who is going to keep an eye on the money in that fund to make sure it doesn't go the way of the Social Security Trust fund or the proceeds from the present Federal gas tax.

    May 7, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  217. Patrick Powers

    Obviously Barack Obama has the best plan, since clinton is more focused on tricking people to vote for her than coming up with long term solutions that will work and she doesnt even have a short term solution that will work.

    Its about time we stop old world politics and solve some problems here instead. Its desparately needed.

    Patrick Powers – in WV

    May 7, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  218. Greg, Hamilton Ontario


    May 7, 2008 at 8:44 pm |
  219. Brian from Los Angeles

    Jack sorry to hear you don't understand this very important fact, Jack we live in a world economy and countries like India and China are just as thirsty as we are in fuel. Get used to it, I don't care if mister Kumbaya lovey dovey Barack the supposed great uniter, who likes to go to sermons with anti-patriotic dividers like Wright and be friendly with Ayers and who likes to make real estate deals with scum like Rezko, Barack will not be able to affect the gas prices, The world's supply and demand will, get used to it.

    Trying to act like it is all the Republicans fault is typical of you Jack.

    The best idea is to have Hillary run as an Independent and end up winning the Presidential candidacy.

    May 7, 2008 at 8:48 pm |
  220. Lynn Nelson

    Sen. Clinton is appearing more despariate, obsessed and pathetic as the day goes by. She needs to step aside while she still has some dignity. I really feel her ego never allowed her to look at the possibility of a loss. She is is going down with the ship, come hell or high water! I have always been a republican, butI really feel that Oboma represents hope and change for this country. "His lack of experience" as they call it means to me that he is not part of the big politacal machine. I admire his works in the community. It is more than clear that CNN supports Ms Clinton. I have only heard your guest refer to Obama as Senator. Never your commentators. Shame on CNN. Lynn AZ.

    May 7, 2008 at 8:51 pm |
  221. Eileen from Indiana

    Clearly Clinton and McCain are clueless. Their recent political pandering is an insult to the American public's intelligence. At least Obama had the courage to stand up and say this is another dumb idea coming out of Washington that allows oil interests to overshadow the publics interests.

    The real plan has to start with the American public who has all but given up and handed over their power to the special interest groups who over the years continue to bite the hand that feeds them. The technology is there and has been for some time. American automakers can build cars with higher MPG ratings and alternative fuel cars at prices Americans can afford. There are alternatives to oil that won't take food off the table to put it in the tanks. Sanctions can be enforced against countries that greedily take our billions in aide, then hold us hostage over their oil barrels.

    American have gotten so used to being told "NO", they've forgotten how to stand up and say "NO MORE!" The cost of oil is a reflection of this county's apathy and greed. So as we grumble and gripe as we fill up our SUV's, HUMVEE's and get sticker shock over the "Green" cars we'd like to buy and can't, it's business as usual while the Wallstreet brokers and oil interests rub their hands together in glee.

    May 7, 2008 at 8:57 pm |
  222. Macario Obillo Jr. - San Jose, CA

    Obama has the best plan. On top of that, Congress should pass legislation immediately granting tax credits to people who buy cars with consumption of at least 35 miles to a gallon and also some tax credits to car manufacturers who produce fuel-efficient vehicles aside from the expensive hybrid models..Since consumption follows the growth of population, the government should stop extending tax and other benefits to oil companies under the guise that they do research on alternative sources of energy. The government must now create a corporation to do oil drilling for local consumption even if it is for only two wells. Forget globalization where only the OPEC and traders are the beneficiaries. Exploit also geothermal and solar energies fixed-plant facilities. I don't think oil companies really want other energy sources with the profits they are now getting from oil.

    May 7, 2008 at 8:59 pm |
  223. anthony lanzalaco

    If the democrats conducted their primaries as the republicans do, winner take all, Clinton would be way ahead of Obama in both delegate and electoral votes. Do the math!

    May 7, 2008 at 9:24 pm |
  224. Rickey Johnson

    Jack, Hillary caused a deep sleep to fall upon Obama (O my God ,just do not eat the apple). Go home Hillary, maybe Bill has another six million he can loan you. 😛

    May 7, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  225. Evelyn

    It is amazing to me why we continue to worry about Iraq? The remaining middle east has won without picking up a weapon. They have managed to cripple the American economy and will continue to do so while Bush continues to frighten Americans with his fear rhetoric about terrorism as wll as diverting our attention from the real problems right here in the US. We are beyond broke and still have the nerve to keep spending money on a war where we are not even wanted. What makes us think that we can solve a problem between the people of Iraq that goes back centuries? They need to decide if they want peace, not us.

    It means very little any more if we can't feed our families, and maintain basic American necessities, like electricity and gas. How much more are we supposed to pay? We have paid with American lives, now with our economy,

    At the same time while gas prices are going up, we are decreasing the budget from our transit system infrastructure where Americans don't even have a choice of taking a bus or train in many cities.

    May 7, 2008 at 10:33 pm |
  226. Allen Lanai, Hawaii

    No one politician has a plan for $7.00 gas. Congress must open up areas of drilling and exploration. Permits for refineries in our country must be approved! There is no real viable alternative to oil at this time. There is a need to develope this technology, but there is a greater need to use our resources more effectively.

    May 7, 2008 at 10:36 pm |