state Rep. Camille "Bud" George Jan. 31 called for swift action to counter
rising fuel prices which he says are shredding Pennsylvania families and
years ago, skyrocketing fuel prices ripped apart countless families and
businesses," Rep. George (D-Clearfield County) said in a released statement. "Today,
the nightmare is back, and the economic harms are untenable and our failure
to act inexcusable."
George plans to introduce legislation when the House reconvenes Feb. 10
to resurrect the Pennsylvania Energy Office to promote regional fuel reserves,
combat energy shortages and price surges and ease the state's "harsh income
cutoffs for heating assistance."
told the story of a constituent who called in tears about diesel prices
that had jumped 13 cents a gallon in 72 hours. The family had purchased
a coal truck to earn income, only to be hit hard by high insurance costs
after September 11, 2001, and $1.68 a gallon diesel prices that have been
increasing almost daily.
thousands of independent owner-operators who we rely on to deliver everything
from logs and coal to food can't surcharge when fuel prices run wild," George
said. "This year, political problems in Venezuela are blamed for the price
spikes. Two years ago, problems at refineries were blamed. I'm tired of
talking about what causes the problems when we should be focusing on solving