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DeLauro Tells Constituents She Feels Their Pain at the Pump [Video]

The Congresswoman visits a gas station in New Haven to see what people think about the cost of gas.

traveled today to the front lines of a battle that is hitting home hard on people’s purse strings: prices at the gas pump.

“It’s an emergency right now for people in our state and our country,” DeLauro said of gas prices while at Long Wharf Mobil in New Haven, where a gallon of regular unleaded costs $4.39. “We need to bring these prices down.”

“I want to find out what’s going on in people’s lives,” she said. “How far they commute? How they’ve had to cut back? What do they think we should do?”

“Nothing,” was Branford resident Brian Higney’s response. Let the free market work it out on its own, he said.

“Drill baby drill,” was Hugh Hedges' reply.

The New Haven resident said the U.S. should tap into its own natural resources, instead of relying on foreign sources. “We have our own and we’re throwing our own wealth away,” said Hedges, who served in the Korean War.

DeLauro said the U.S. only has 2 percent of the world’s oil supply, while it uses 25 percent of that supply. “I believe in a strong domestic market for this,” she said, however limited it may be on a global scale.

There are approximately 68 million acres of land currently under lease to drill, but companies have not begun to tap those resources, DeLauro said.

“Go kick ‘em, honey,” Hedges said to DeLauro. Earlier in their conversation he had asked if it were OK to call her honey since, Hedges said, he is an older man. She obliged.

“I think I like you and I am a crazy Republican,” Hedges said to DeLauro, a Democrat who represents Connecticut’s third Congressional District.

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To address the high price of gas, a combination of short—and long-term approaches is needed, DeLauro said. She has joined forces with her counterparts in Massachusetts and Vermont in introducing a bill that would let the federal government release a small amount of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. This, she said, “calms the market.”

“But the biggest effect is what it does to speculation. It helps stop them in their tracks,” she added.

Longer-term solutions focus on the creation of sustainable alternatives, DeLauro said.

Meanwhile, residents like A.J. Huston, a Hamden resident who teaches in New Haven and provides for a family of four, are feeling the financial pinch brought on by high gas prices. He is looking to trade in his SUV for something more compact and that gets better gas mileage.

It cost him $78.11 to fill up his tank on Thursday. That will last him about four to five days.

Broshinsky May 20, 2011 at 03:09 PM
"Mad Max" is coming!
al bundy May 20, 2011 at 03:22 PM
Jerry is right..Price per barrel was up to $112 and as low as $96 over the past week. Still no drop in prices.. Last year the price was $85 went up to $92 back to $85 yet the price on stayed the same. The price is always sticky on the downside, but these prices are stuck! Thanks for your concern Rosa, but do something about it!
Jon May 20, 2011 at 03:42 PM
I so agree, why do they let the oil companies price gouge us? and do nothing? Giving them tax breaks? Rosa is a broken record
Don Charles May 20, 2011 at 03:51 PM
Sure more discussion is needed. That is about all Obama has been doing. He is campaigning for 2012 and he and the rest of his nothings will kill the country with their wrong way methods. What we need is Driling for our own oil and we have plenty. We also need to do away with all the different types of refining needed for each state. This alone would drop the cost of gasoline in half. Oops almost forgot this would be against the enviromentalist groups. Alternative sources are fine but will take forever. Buy a horse and buggy you will need it once the Obama crew gets through with us. How did you all like the Brazil oil deal that will give Soros another couple of billion dollars to make our country into a far left socialist country. This was done nice and quiet with Obama's blessings. Brazil can drill in the gulf but the US cannot. HOW'S THAT HOPE AND CHANGE TREATING YOU???
liz May 20, 2011 at 09:20 PM
Obama and his Czars, have done more damage to this country since he was elected, then any other President. Rosa DeLaura is another mouthpiece for Obama. He has caused more grief to the American people and continues to do so. Giving billions of our tax dollars to Brazil, and now to the middle east, while people in this country,we are overtaxed, jobless, homeless from foreclosures, paying close to 5 dollars a gal for gas, people in the south being flooded out, and FEMA telling people in TENN. to pay back monies they rec.for disaster aid, those billions should have been going to Americans. Rosa Delaura is a disgrace, and Obama is incompetent. He has brought pain to the American people, no American would do what he has to their own people. Who is Obama? The democrats should be thrown out of office, from the local level to Obama, how can any American support him?

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