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Jackson 08/06/08

Wicker, Musgrove Debate How to Lower Gas Prices

By Jon Kalahar

Every Mississippi driver has an opinion on what to do about high gas prices.  And the same goes for the two candidates to replace Trent Lott in the United States Senate.

Both Roger Wicker and Ronnie Musgrove think their ideas can help Mississippians. One thing's for sure, the price of gas could be the deciding factor in who wins come November.

The solutions to high gas prices may be as numerous as cars on the interstate, but the end result is always the same...lower prices at the pumps.

"It's hurting people in Mississippi," said driver, Dwight Henry.

Dwight Henry got a little more than five gallons for his twenty dollars worth of gas. That's better than he got just a few weeks ago but still not enough. Roger Wicker and Ronnie Musgrove both believe they can help.

"I'm for every alternative that we can think of to move us away from dependence on foreign oil," said Wicker.

Wicker has co-authored the Gas Price Reduction Act with senior Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran. It calls for more off shore drilling, shale oil exploration in Rocky Mountain states, and more transparency on Wall Street speculators.

"We haven't done what we're capable of doing as Americans with our vast supply of energy," said Wicker.

"Even Paris Hilton has a better energy plan than Roger Wicker," said Musgrove.

Former governor, Ronnie Musgrove says Wicker has been in Washington for 14 years with gas prices steadily rising, it's time for a new direction.

"President Bush needs to release at least 500 thousand barrels of oil a day from the strategic petroleum reserve," said Musgrove.

Still, the Wicker and Musgrove plans may be overshadowed by something more influential.

"Are you listening to the politicians or are you going to listen to your bank account, 'gotta go with the bank account.' ," said driver Dwight Henry.

Something Wicker and Musgrove agree on is the need to drive America away from its dependence on foreign oil.

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