Welcome to Walt Minnick for Congress
Walt Minnick today offered Idaho drivers low-cost gasoline to call attention to the abject failure of Washington, D.C. to address our nation’s energy crisis. He also slammed Bill Sali for his cozy relationship with “big oil.”
“For one hour today, while I’m talking to Idahoans about the high cost of gasoline, Bill Sali will sit down to lunch at a fundraiser and ask for money from oil lobbyists,” Minnick said. “In 18 months he’s become a true Washington insider. What Idaho needs is a new approach and some simple fairness.”
Oil companies are raking in record profits, OPEC and countries in the Middle East are getting rich off the protection offered by our soldiers, and Idahoans aren’t getting any relief.
Meanwhile, Bill Sali defends the huge subsidies for “big oil” and says the solution is to give those companies another handout by allowing them to drill right here at home in our most pristine wilderness areas.
“Sali’s plan is to ruin our natural resources in a search for energy we wouldn’t be able to use for a decade or more,” Minnick said.
Minnick said we must end subsidies for oil companies, and should implement aggressive and strict measures to reduce price gouging at the pump.
“We also need a fresh approach to alternative and renewable source of energy,” Minnick said. “For example, by using byproducts from Idaho fields and forests as a resource for biofuels, we can add good-paying jobs right here at home.”
Minnick reported to the Federal Elections Commission contributions to the campaign totaling $638,690 since mid-November and $228,336 since the beginning of the year. More than 98 percent of Minnick’s contributions in the first three months of 2008 came from individual donors, and less than 2 percent from political action committees.
“Idahoans have been incredibly supportive during this campaign, but we’ve won their support by getting out on the road,” Minnick said.