David Strom

The solution to this problem is simple: lift the subsidies and mandates and let consumers choose the fuel they want to put in their cars. Better yet, lift the restrictions on domestic oil production that limit drilling in Alaska and the Continental shelf that artificially distort the market and drive fuel prices up.

Subsidies and mandates hurt not help by driving investment where it otherwise would not go. Artificial restrictions on oil production have driven prices higher than they otherwise would be, and have made America much more dependent upon foreign oil sources than it otherwise would be.

As usual, government “solutions” to our woes have made things worse, not better for the average person. When government gets into the job of picking winners and losers, you can almost be certain that the loser will be you.

David Strom

David Strom is the President of the Minnesota Free Market Institute. He hosts a weekly radio show on AM-1280 "The Patriot" in Minneapolis-St. Paul, available on podcast at Townhall.com.

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