Letter: Anthony V. Fasolo, Leesburg

Editor: Local gas stations are selling gas for close to five dollars a gallon, highest price in years.

And yet we have seen this spike in gas prices many times before. The last time was after we were attacked on Sept. 11, 2001.

But then we took actions to conserve what we had, specifically we: 

  • carpooled;
  • took public transportation, e.g. Loudoun County Commuter bus;
  • reduced our speed on the highways;
  • worked from home at least one day a week; and 
  • asked ourselves do we really need to drive to a certain location, or could we walk, or combine trips?

I have not seen or heard of these ideas recently. We then increased the EPA guidelines for vehicles so that they produced more miles to the gallon—but the previous administration did away with this government mandate—and people bought gas guzzlers. So here we are again.

Long range we need to find alternative sources of energy, but for now I guess we will “Dig Baby Dig.” Let’s at least do what we can now (see my five notes above).

Anthony V. Fasolo, Leesburg

6 thoughts on “Letter: Anthony V. Fasolo, Leesburg

  • 2022-03-24 at 5:38 pm
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    The Biden administration has caused this crisis by slashing domestic oil production and then banning imports from Russia who was, wisely or not, picking up the slack caused by our own diminished production. We could fix the latest “oil crisis” caused by inept government policy by choosing more wisely at election time.

  • 2022-03-24 at 6:03 pm
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    Adorable attempt to deflect blame for sky high gasoline prices from the current (D) administration onto the previous one.

    Do you think Americans are too stupid to realize the damage Biden (D) has done to this nation’s energy independence?

    Good grief.

    • 2022-03-24 at 6:40 pm
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      The political party controlling the White House at any given time has very little direct control over energy prices. That’s the whole point — we are dependent on external factors. What responsible leaders can do is chart a long-term path to energy independence.

      The most frequently cited “example” of Biden contributing to high gas prices is canceling the Keystone pipeline expansion. People making such claims are little troubled by the facts that: (a) the expansion would still not be completed today, and (b) flow was a literal “drop in the bucket” and insufficient to temper wild swings in energy prices we see today.

      • 2022-03-25 at 11:15 am
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        Let me take you back to mid 2018… gasoline prices were up (slightly).

        Members of the (D) party rode the previous president like a rented mule. And the press went right along with it.

        So Biden (D) gets a pass, but the other guy doesn’t?

        In 2020, the United States was a net exporter of oil. But in 2021, we increased our reliance on Russian oil and became net importers. That’s not how it’s supposed to work.

  • 2022-03-24 at 7:43 pm
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    I think Mr. Fasolo makes wonderful suggestions. The world is in crisis. All of us must do our part to help. There are entirely too many cars on the road. And many of them look like mini-tanks. (Talk about gas guzzlers!) So I walk to my destination or rely on public transportation as much as possible. To the folks chirping on Joe Biden — just be glad there’s no gas rationing like in the 1970s. Back then, motorists could only purchase gasoline on certain days. So count your blessings! Welcome to Spring Loudoun!

  • 2022-03-25 at 1:37 am
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    If you voted for any politician with a (D) after their name you need to stop complaining immediately. You all get what you deserve and voted for. It is totally the Biden administrations fault. Shut up and live with it. Sleepy Joe did this to you.

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