Kevin McCarthy leads roundtable on gas prices under Democrats’ reconciliation plan

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Taft Mayor Dave Noerr joined Rep. Kevin McCarthy at a roundtable discussion on how the Democrats’ reconciliation plan will impact gas prices.

Noerr, also the president and CEO of Huddleston Crane Service, was joined by Scott Daniel, Co-owner and President of Young’s Commercial Transfer based in Tulare County, among others.

Noerr said he blames California’s policies for the rising gas prices, which he said he has seen at over $5 a gallon.

He also said that even with all of its efforts to switch to electric energy, California has only lowered its oil consumption by 6 percent.

“The fantasy that’s being pushed, that this transition, that this elimination of oil and gas is going to take place over the course of a decade or five decades is just that. It’s a fantasy,” Noerr said. “And fantasies don’t fund government.”

Noerr added the state of California imported over 70 percent of the oil it consumed and 60 percent of that comes from the Amazon Rain Forest region of Ecuador.

“We are financing the destruction of the Amazon Rain Forest,” Noerr said.

Daniel said the fuel surcharge add millions of dollars to his company’s bottom line making it difficult to stay in business. He said this is what is immediately affecting the supply chain.

“If you buy anything, it came on a truck,” Daniel said. “And we’re seeing that problem at the ports now and we can unload as many ships as we want but it doesn’t solve the problem because there aren’t enough trucks to get things moving and off the docks.”

The other speakers at the roundtable were Rep. Garret Graves (LA-06), Rep. Yvette Herrell (NM-02), Rep. Jeff Duncan (SC-03), Rep. Stephanie Bice (OK-05), Rep. Pete Stauber (MN-08), Raye Miller, mayor of Artesia, N.M., and Head of Regeneration Energy, Mila Besich, mayor of the Town of Superior, Ariz., Emmons Yates, president of Jalapeno Corp. and Erin Graziosi, president of Robinson Oil Corporation (Rotten Robbie).

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