First Resort

Finally responding to soaring gas prices (only partly caused by the Libya crisis), the president says he is considering tapping the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. I believe the SPR should be Mr. Obama’s last resort, not his first. There are three better things he can do right now: (1) lift his ridiculous Gulf drilling ban; (2) drill in Alaska and off the coasts; and (3) cut gas taxes. While he’s at it, he can phase out the equally ridiculous ethanol subsidies, which will lower food prices. Libya is a crisis because Mr. Obama’s current anti-oil policies leave no margin for error. His talk about the SPR is a short-term distraction to the long-term steps he must take, starting today.

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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