Politics & Government

Taylor: Myrick's oil plan  won't cut gas prices 

Democrat Harry Taylor on Friday attacked Republican rival Sue Myrick's proposal that could allow oil and gas drilling off the coast of North Carolina.

“What she doesn't say is that her proposal will not reduce the price of gas one single penny,” the 9th District candidate said in a statement. “Due to already record numbers of drilling permits being granted over the last year, the availability of locations is far outstripping the oil and gas industry's ability to drill.”

Taylor, responding to Thursday's proposal by the GOP congresswoman, said the problem is U.S. consumption. To offset that, he proposed:

A $2,000 tax cut to help “working families” pay for gas or switch to more economical cars.

A $4,000 tax credit for the purchase of hybrid vehicles that get more than 30 miles per gallon.

A requirement that in four years, every car sold in America be a hybrid.

A national pledge to cut gas consumption 10 percent within 30 days.

“We have soldiers fighting and dying in Iraq, for oil,” Taylor said. “If we truly want to support our troops, let's show them we're capable of sacrifice … Let's change our wasteful behavior and make a real difference.”