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“Gasoline Is Too Damn High”: Jimmy McMillan Joins the Energy Debate

Aaron Task
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Average U.S. gasoline prices stood at $3.77 per gallon Wednesday, down nearly 20 cents from a month ago but up more than $1 from a year ago, according to AAA.

Either way, gasoline is "too damn high," according to political activist Jimmy McMillan, who has run for office several times in New York City and State on "The Rent Is Too Damn High" platform.

McMillan is featured in a new video at GasolineIsTooDamnHigh.com, which is sponsored by LetFreedomRing.org, a non-profit public policy organization.

The organization's executive director, Alex Cortes, says the campaign aims to use humor to draw attention to a very serious issue.

"This is a great way to reach, especially the youth, audiences that normally wouldn't focus on these issues," Cortes says.

Indeed, because they typically make lower incomes, students and younger workers are often hardest hit by rising gasoline prices. High gas prices cause "significant harm" for students, says Cortes. "This is terrible for our youth and every American, honestly."

High gasoline prices are clearly hurting the U.S. economy, but there's little consensus on how to resolve the issue. Conservation, public transportation, higher gasoline taxes, and other disincentives to fossil fuel usage are ideas often cited by those on the left of the political spectrum.

Cortes advocates an "all of the above approach," including alternative energy, but believes the near-term solution to gasoline prices is more domestic drilling.

"We have plenty of oil and natural gas here in America; we just have to take advantage of it," he says. "It's simply crazy that the President is blocking drilling time after time after time. It's not only about gas prices, it's jobs."

Yes, Cortes believes more should be done to minimize the environmental risks of drilling, but "that shouldn't stop the permitting process."

What do you think?

Aaron Task is the host of The Daily Ticker. You can follow him on Twitter at @atask or email him at altask@yahoo.com