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Petition to Mitch McConnell, Charles E. Schumer, Ted Cruz, Tammy Baldwin, John Barrasso, Marsha Blackburn, Roy Blunt, John Boozman, Mike Braun, Richard Burr, Shelley Moore Capito, Bill Cassidy, Susan M. Collins, John Cornyn, Tom Cotton, Kevin Cramer, Mike Crapo, Steve Daines, Joni Ernst, Deb Fischer, Lindsey Graham, Chuck Grassley, Bill Hagerty, Josh Hawley, John Hoeven, Cindy Hyde-Smith, James M. Inhofe, Ron Johnson, John Kennedy, James Lankford, Mike Lee, Cynthia M. Lummis, Roger Marshall, Jerry Moran, Lisa Murkowski, Rand Paul, Rob Portman, James E. Risch, Mitt Romney, Mike Rounds, Marco Rubio, Ben Sasse, Rick Scott, Tim Scott, Richard C. Shelby, John Thune, Thom Tillis, Patrick J. Toomey, Tommy Tuberville, Roger F. Wicker, Todd Young, Dan Sullivan, Maria Cantwell, Amy Klobuchar, Richard Blumenthal, Brian Schatz, Ed Markey, Tammy Duckworth, Gary Peters, Jon Tester, Kyrsten Sinema, Ben Ray Luján, John W. Hickenlooper, Raphael Warnock

Tell the U​.​S. Senate to Pass the Consumer Fuel Price Gouging Prevention Act

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill called the Consumer Fuel Price Gouging Prevention Act in May 2022. Its purpose is to stop the gasoline price gouging currently happening across the country. Lowering gas prices is something that every U.S. person can benefit from. However, it will likely face an uphill battle in the Senate because of how the U.S. Senate seats are currently filled. Working class Americans are already struggling to pay for basic necessities. Please sign this petition to let your U.S. Senator know how important this bill is for working class Americans. You can also search for and contact your U.S. Senator to ask them directly to pass this bill. Bill Summary: Consumer Fuel Price Gouging Prevention Act This bill prohibits any person from selling, during a proclaimed energy emergency, a consumer fuel at a price that (1) is unconscionably excessive, and (2) indicates that the seller is exploiting the emergency to increase prices unreasonably. The President may issue a proclamation of such an emergency that specifies the consumer fuel and geographic area covered and how long the proclamation applies. The bill provides for enforcement of these provisions by the Federal Trade Commission and state attorneys general. Civil penalties collected by the commission through such enforcement must be used to provide assistance under the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. Learn more about the bill and its progress here.

Mimi G
396 supporters
Started 1 year ago

Petition to Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy, Kamala Harris

Keep gasoline cars as an option for people to drive, and to keep the price low

The problem is that Gasoline prices are rising too fast and too much for average consumers to be able to purchase. Gasoline is starting to become more of a luxury rather than an everyday item. With the current government installation and past ones as well, they have tried to increase the gas tax exponentially. The new installation also wants to ban gasoline vehicles from the road by 2035, only 14 years away. This problem leads to an overarching question, how much power should the government of the United States and the Environmental Protection Agency have in controlling the sale of gasoline and electric “fuel”? The United States of America needs to have a tax & price cap on gasoline with the Federal Government and the EPA decreasing their powers over its market which would keep a trillion-dollar industry alive while benefiting those who choose to drive gasoline cars and work in the industry.  There are many social benefits that would come from keeping the prices of gasoline lower and more affordable. The first would be that people would still be able to drive gasoline vehicles. All around the world and America especially, in 2021, electric cars made up less than 2.2% of vehicles on the road (Policy Advice, 2021). With prices of them going up exponentially, lots of people are not going to be able to afford such a large increase and even if they can, buying an entirely new car on top of paying these increased gas prices in the past is extremely difficult for most. It would also allow for people to keep owning gasoline cars. America has been racing gasoline cars since 1895 and the sport has millions of fans across the country and around the world. People also enjoy just owning them, the experience of working on a true motor, the sounds that come from the car, they are just things that an electric car cannot offer. This policy would not change people owning electric cars, but it would at least give them the option to keep their gasoline ones. This opinion, however, is not always popular among people leading to backlash.  A common opposing opinion to the gas and oil industry is that gasoline vehicles are horrible for the environment and contribute to twenty-seven percent of the air pollution in the United States (Policy Advice, 2020). The United States ranks forty-first as a country in global air pollution (EIA, 2020). With the quickly rising electric car market, people should be driving them as they cost less over time and produce zero emissions. This would allow for the earth to start to heal from the damage done by air pollution created by humans. It is crucial to hitting zero-emissions soon because we would then be helping prevent global warming. By phasing out gasoline vehicles, gas stations would be converted to charging stations across the country and allow for easier use. Even though completely switching to electric cars is expensive, it is a necessary decision that needs to be made in order to save the earth’s climate. This claim is valid, however, the positives that come from gasoline vehicles still outweigh the negatives at this point in time.  Gasoline vehicles may not be the greatest for the environment but electric cars still have their downsides. In order to make electric cars, raw materials must be mined to create lithium-ion batteries. The materials in these batteries are mainly lithium, which operates in an anode made of graphite and a cathode made of multiple different combinations of nickel, cobalt, manganese, and more. These minerals are only mined in certain countries, most of which are third-world places. This has led to many human rights violations across the planet as children are being forced to mine for these raw materials. Experts estimate that more than forty thousand children work in the cobalt mines in The Democratic Republic of Congo alone. The country of Chile is one of the biggest exporters of lithium in the world, however, the industry is slowly destroying their country. Mining lithium is a super water-intensive process that has ended up heavily polluting most of the soil in the country and destroying the agricultural industry there. This has led to dangerous food shortages throughout different parts of the country and leaving families without ways to pay for things because their income is gone (Holmes, 2020). These are only just a few instances of how the manufacturing of the car battery and other types of renewable energy do have negative social impacts around the planet.  There are many economic benefits of keeping the gasoline industry alive. Firstly is that there will be more jobs. The growing renewable energy industry will create millions of new jobs but by keeping the gasoline industry we will be keeping millions of others. In 2019, the industry supported more than 9.8 million jobs, equating to 5.6 percent of the total employment in the U.S. (DOE, 2020). These are high-paying jobs that allow Americans to live comfortably and in financial surplus. These jobs are also crucial because the oil and natural gas industry provides more than two-thirds of the total energy consumed by Americans. The Oil and Natural Gas industry in 2019 brought in 3.3 Trillion dollars for the Global GDP, also in 2019, The United States made 190 billion dollars from the industry alone (Investopedia, 2020). This goes to show why we need to keep such a large industry and why it helps the United States so much. The positive impacts of the gas and oil industry are often overlooked which has created a negative opinion among groups of people. This negative opinion is that even though the jobs lost by removing the gasoline industry would be bad for the economy, those jobs would be transformed into ones involved in the electric and renewable energy industry. The income to the GDP would then also be transferred to the electric and renewable energy industry, which is currently booming in our economy and would bring in billions of dollars for the U.S. This would then turn into the new trillion-dollar industry to replace the oil and gas industry. With the electric and renewable energy industry growing at five percent each year, it will quickly overtake the gasoline and oil industry, allowing the United States and the world to phase it out (EIA, 2020). Once the electric car issue has been solved that would then allow for the focus to shift on other forms of transportation and also how the electric and renewable energy industries resources are produced. As of right now, in order to build the electric industry, it requires the use of the natural gas and oil industry to be the backbone. It takes natural gas and oil to mine the materials needed, create the structures, and run the machines that build electric cars which currently have a super high cost. This is why it is crucial to phase out gasoline vehicles so that problems revolving around electric vehicles can be solved, and the manufacturing process to become more efficient and cheaper. This ideology is viewed through a perfect world lens that would be almost impossible to achieve.      It would take an entire generation for the jobs to completely transfer over as people cannot simply just switch between industries. Currently, the United States is roughly twenty-eight trillion dollars in debt, and removing an entire industry just to create a new one, would not help the country's debt or GDP at all. In order for the industries to truly help the country, they need to coexist and grow together in order for them to make a larger difference. Another reason is that the electric and renewable energy industry is much more expensive and out of the United States hands than the Natural Gas and Oil industry is. The issue is that lithium, the number one raw material in electric car batteries, only comes from Argentina, Bolivia, and Chile, so the U.S is forced to import it. Cobalt, the second most important mineral in an electric battery is produced dominantly by The Democratic Republic of Congo which produces eighty percent of the world's cobalt. However, all of the extraction, markets and processing of all of these minerals is largely controlled by one country, China. China’s companies control the industry all across the globe giving them full control over the supply of electric vehicle batteries and would end up costing the United States billions of dollars if the US were to try and buy more than they already do. China accounted for over eighty-five percent of the exports of cobalt from The Democratic Republic of Congo and owns more than twelve of the major mines in the country. The Chinese government also heavily favors the battery industry in their country, which has made many major companies like Toyota, Volkswagen, and Honda rely on Chinese-produced batteries, unlike Tesla, which currently produces their own. This is a huge loss of an industry for the United States that would end up costing more than the benefits that it would bring in are worth (Holmes, 2020). Overall the natural gas, oil, and gasoline industries as a whole are here to stay. It is so crucial to our social and economic life in America. People rely on gasoline and oil, millions use them every day for work or their personal lives. It provides a huge boost to the GDP alongside creating high-income jobs for Americans and is something that people cannot live without. This however does not mean that the electric industry should not be pursued. It should be pursued in conjunction with the natural gas, oil, and gasoline industries in order to keep gasoline vehicles on the road

Ethan Robb
70 supporters