Kate Hicks

Keystone pipeline? Nah. Just buy a Prius! Or better yet -- a Volt!

Yes, President Inflate-Your-Tires has once again found a real solution to America's energy problems: buy a fuel efficient car! In his weekly address this morning, Obama suggests that the remedy to rising gas prices is coming from Detroit -- but it won't actually be here until 2025.

In his weekly radio and online address Saturday, Obama said Detroit automakers are on track to build cars that average nearly 55 miles per gallon by 2025, doubling current mileage standards.

"That means folks will be able to fill up every two weeks instead of every week, saving the typical family more than $8,000 at the pump over time," he said. "That's a big deal, especially as families are yet again feeling the pinch from rising gas prices."

"What's happening in Detroit will make a difference. But it won't solve everything," Obama said. "There's no silver bullet for avoiding spikes in gas prices every year."

Why don't you tell that to President Bush? You blamed him for increased gas prices back in 2008, when it cost $2.50/gallon to fill up.

You know what we call that now, Mr. President? The good old days.

Now, here we are, facing $5/gallon, and not only does Obama refuse to take the blame, but the best answer he can offer is a car that won't even be built for another 13 years. No, we won't build a pipeline from Canada to reduce our dependence on Middle Eastern oil. No, we won't allow for increased extraction of domestic oil reserves. Apparently, we're not even relying on the search for new forms of fuel as the cornerstone of this administration's energy policy.

Apparently, he's given up. It's on you now, America. Just buy a new car.

Rep. Doc Hastings of Washington, who gave the Republican address in response, said it best: "The president, who campaigned on a promise to address rising gas prices, now talks as if they're largely beyond his control."


Kate Hicks

Kate Hicks is one of Townhall.com's web editors. You can follow her on Twitter @KateBHicks.