Governor Vilsack Launches Online Petition on Gas Prices
Governor Vilsack Launches Online Petition on Gas Prices to Urge National Action Offers Iowa's record on renewable fuels as a model solution
DES MOINES - Governor Tom Vilsack today asked Iowans to join him in calling on President Bush and Congress to address the problem of record high gas prices. The Governor launched an online petition at www.governor.state.ia.us (once at the website click the blue button to sign) for citizens to join him in his effort. The petition encourages President Bush to follow Iowa's example of investing in renewable fuels in order to lessen America's dependence on expensive and unstable foreign oil and to bring down the cost of gasoline in the long-term.
"The patience of hard-working Iowans is running on empty as the price of gasoline reaches record highs," Governor Vilsack said. "We need a permanent solution to high gas prices that will only come from a real investment in renewable fuel technologies. The energy crisis we find ourselves in will not disappear in a few weeks or months. We have done our part in Iowa, but one state can only do so much. It is long past time for the federal government to do its share of the work by making a commitment to a long-term solution with renewable energy."
The average cost of regular unleaded gasoline is currently about $2.88 in Iowa, 70 cents higher than this time last year, and $3.00 nationally, according to AAA's Fuel Gauge Report. Three other governors (Granholm of Michigan, Doyle of Wisconsin, and Napolitano of Arizona) have launched petitions to galvanize public support.
The Iowa Solution consists of investing in the research, development, and increased production of renewable fuels, and setting an example in usage and availability. Iowa now leads the nation in ethanol and biodiesel production. The petition calls on national leaders to implement the framework of the Iowa Solution on the national level.
"I encourage Iowans to sign the petition at www.governor.state.ia.us to send a clear message to President Bush and Congress that we need a homegrown, long-term solution to our energy needs. With help from the federal government, the Iowa Solution can be replicated on the national stage. Iowa stands ready to contribute to a broad, national solution to bring down the cost of gas," Governor Vilsack said.