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What this country needs is higher gasoline prices

When holidays are a blur someone always tries to fly some news under the radar.

Take Gov. Phil Bryant at the Intstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission, where he bemoaned the low cost of oil. That's the price drop that puts at least $10 extra in my pocket each week as the price of gas  has fallen below $2.50. 

Steve Horn of the Huffington Post's Desmog Blog was at the meeting and reported:

"I know it's a mixed blessing, but if you look at some of the pumps in Mississippi, gasoline is about $2.68 and people are amazed that it's below $3 per gallon," he said.

"And it's a good thing for industry, it's a good thing for truckers, it's a good thing for those who move goods and services and products across the waters and across the lands and we're excited about where that's headed."

Bryant then discussed the flip side of the "mixed blessing" coin.

"Of course the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale has a little problem with that, so as with most things in life, it's a give and take," Bryant stated. "It's very good at one point and it's helping a lot of people, but on the other side there's a part of me that goes, 'Darn! I hate that oil's dropping, I hate that it's going down.' I don't say that out-loud, but just to those in this room."

No kidding? I was looking forward to a "Raise Gas Prices Now!" campaign next year.

Read the rest of Horn's story here.

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