Greenville Drivers Speak Out On Obama's Plan To Lower Gas Prices

By: April Davis/ Lindsey Fry
By: April Davis/ Lindsey Fry

As many of us know, when the temperatures get warmer, the prices at the pump get higher. Wednesday President Obama was in North Carolina talking about his energy policy. He believes the country can wean itself from oil.

President Obama says families and companies who invest in energy efficient cars will receive a number of incentives from the government.

"If you make a commitment to buy more advanced vehicles for your community, whether they run on electricity or bio-fuels or natural gas, we'll help you cut through the red tape and build fueling stations nearby; and we'll offer tax breaks to families that buy these cars, companies that buy alternative fuel trucks, like the ones that are made right here in Mount Holly. So we're going to give communities across the country more of an incentive to make the shift to more energy efficient cars," said President Obama.

Some drivers are in favor of Obama's stragegy, including Aaron Johnson. "I hope they go down pretty soon because it's getting kind of ridiculous," said Johnson.

Some people we spoke with don't think the president's plan will help.
"It's not really going to help us out a lot because we still have to dish out the money for the cars. I think dropping the gas prices would help better,"said one local driver.

Analysts say that doesn't appear to be something that's going to happen anytime soon.

Several companies are on board with Obama's plan to reduce the country's oil dependency. Daimler trucks says it will meet new fuel efficiency standards by the 2013 model year. Under the new rules, trucks and buses built at the plant are projected to reduce oil consumption by 530 million barrels and greenhouse gas emissions by 270 million metric tons.

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