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GAS: High prices help pay for ad blitz

Letter by Leslie S. Barnett, Gig Harbor on April 17, 2012 at 10:25 am | 81 Comments »
April 17, 2012 10:47 am

Are you sick of the high gas prices and want to blame someone? You have been falsely told that it is President Obama’s fault.

Here is something to think about. The American Petroleum Institute, Exxon, and others are running 30-second ads on numerous TV stations telling how wonderful they are and how wonderful “fracking” will be for America. Last time I checked, prime-time TV ads were very, very expensive.

And now for the real crusher: You and I are paying for these ads with not only high gas prices but with the Republican oil subsidy. I say Republican because they will not even discuss getting rid of the subsidy, even though the oil companies are enjoying unprecedented profits.

So enjoy the prices, enjoy those ads, but just realize that we the public are paying the bill. There is no reason for the oil companies to advertise other than to brainwash the public.

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