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Congress seeks to jack up
fees on home heating oil
in midst of frigid winter

Washington Times, by Jacqueline Klimas

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Posted By:KarenJ1, 2/3/2014 10:50:14 AM

Congress‘ mammoth farm bill restores the imposition of an extra fee on home heating oil, hitting consumers in cold-weather states just as utility costs are spiking. The fee — two-tenths of a cent on every gallon sold — was tacked on to the end of the 959-page bill, which is winding its way through Capitol Hill. The fee would last for nearly 20 years and would siphon the money to develop equipment that is cheaper, more efficient and safer, and to encourage consumers to update their equipment. It’s just one of dozens of provisions tucked into the farm bill, which cleared

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This is totally outrageous!! People have been suffering immensely because of the shortage of propane this winter and these disgusting, vile jerks in Washington do this?? It makes me so angry I could spit.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: mc squared, 2/3/2014 11:03:51 AM     (No. 9717401)

Need more proof we have a one party government?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Not your typical New Yorker, 2/3/2014 11:08:27 AM     (No. 9717410)

Sons of beetches.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Salt5792, 2/3/2014 11:08:48 AM     (No. 9717411)

A hateful act.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: SpeedMaster, 2/3/2014 11:09:35 AM     (No. 9717412)

Since this is a tax on heating oil which is used mainly in the dem/RINO northeast I do not care.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Pearson365, 2/3/2014 11:11:35 AM     (No. 9717416)

What´s worse than this tax on home heating oil is its purpose - to fund development of more expensive biofuels. As with ethanol in gas, politicians want us to burn our food in order to run our cars and heat our homes. This is madness beyond belief. Good news is that it will turn the blue Northeastern states dark blue in their frigid homes.

FTA: "Because the program expired, work stopped on developing environmentally friendly biofuels, a priority for Northeasterners who put a premium on green energy, he said.


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Reply 6 - Posted by: 4freedom, 2/3/2014 11:13:36 AM     (No. 9717420)

The head commandant did say he wanted your utility bills to skyrocket.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: BaseballFan, 2/3/2014 11:17:32 AM     (No. 9717432)

Currently, there are 49 "cold weather states".

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Crashnburn, 2/3/2014 11:18:54 AM     (No. 9717435)

For those RINOs/Dems, especially in the North East, "be careful what you ask for, you might just get it!" Well, you got it.

If private companies thought green energy was viable, then there would be no need for government subsidies.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: odinsacolyte, 2/3/2014 11:20:34 AM     (No. 9717441)

Fire them all.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Redneck In NY, 2/3/2014 11:21:32 AM     (No. 9717442)

I care about all Americans that are affected by our run-away, tax crazy government. Today its heating oil tax, tomorrow it could be a anything else tax.

If and when that time comes #4, I´ll stand up for you and speak in protest even though it might not affect me.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Mollyb0122, 2/3/2014 11:21:52 AM     (No. 9717444)

It just cost us $610.00 to fill up our oil tank. We do not need added costs.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: jinx, 2/3/2014 11:27:38 AM     (No. 9717454)

And these are the same people who want us to send them back to Congress in 2014? No Way!

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Reply 13 - Posted by: olcap, 2/3/2014 11:33:24 AM     (No. 9717462)

The politicians´ first concern: taking care of the lobbyists and screwing the people.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: ladychatalie, 2/3/2014 11:34:00 AM     (No. 9717464)

I just refilled my propane tank and it cost $5.11 per gallon. At 274.8 gallons plus added taxes and fees, that is $1,404.67. That amount of fuel lasted 9 weeks and the temp in my family room was 58 degrees on the cold mornings, so I was not trying to keep it as hot as I´ve read Barack requires at the WH.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: jackie, 2/3/2014 11:42:49 AM     (No. 9717471)

I am neither a Rino or a NE liberal. I am a Midwestern widow who keeps her furnace at 50 degrees most days and pray for sun coming in my South windows. I use oil... Damn cold when the temps get to -30 to -35 wind-chill!
Care to rethink your statement #4?

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Reply 16 - Posted by: RUReadyY3K, 2/3/2014 12:00:28 PM     (No. 9717502)

My congressman, NY 19th District Chris Gibson, ran as a tea party conservative and voted for this farm bill. Too many subsidies and too much taking and redistribution.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Susannah, 2/3/2014 12:06:00 PM     (No. 9717508)

#16, what did you guys who voted for him get in return? I´m genuinely curious. Was there any worthwhile trade-off?

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Rather Read, 2/3/2014 12:26:27 PM     (No. 9717549)

Our local St. Vincent de Paul Society does yeoman´s work for people who are in want. Do you know what their biggest request is? People who need help with utilities. My sister told me about an elderly man, a veteran, who has only social security. His heating bill was most of his check last month.

This can´t go on. It just can´t. Between skyrocketing costs for food, fuel and now insurance, how is the average person supposed to live?

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Reply 19 - Posted by: bugger, 2/3/2014 12:31:56 PM     (No. 9717558)

Where do you live #14? We live in Southern MN, luckily we prepaid over 1500 gallons at $1.29/gallon last fall. We were wondering the other day what the price would be if we had to buy it now.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: shamrock, 2/3/2014 12:40:55 PM     (No. 9717573)

Sounds like you folks back east are getting gouged. We just filled our propane tank for $2.19/gal. This is Idaho, where we get gouged for everything but I guess they forgot to jack up the price for propane. They will get around to it.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Pinchem, 2/3/2014 12:49:12 PM     (No. 9717586)

#14...I´m with you but propane isn´t quite as high here. My propane company is gouging $3.99 a gallon and are REFUSING to honor our pre-buy we bought at $2.20 a gallon. I refuse to pay the higher price when I have already purchased propane at the lower price.

Called another company, the lady was very nice and explained it to me. Seems the Department of Energy shut off one of the pipelines and rerouting the propane to China, thus causing the shortage and price gouging. She said they were not taking any new customers but her company was honoring their customer´s pre-buy amounts. She also said that they can´t get propane from their normal supplier and have to get gas from Texas now. I called a second one and they too were honoring their pre-buys but not taking new customers.

Makes SureFlame Propane Company in Springfield KY (not honoring their pre-buy customers) look like Selfish Greedy Criminal ripoffs.

So I am stuck. With no propane there is no heat. I went out and bought one of those fancy heaters that looks like a fireplace. I shut off the other rooms of the house and the heater keeps the room temp 68 to 70 degrees so it´s tolerable. Not sure what it will do to my electric bill but am sure it will be cheaper than $1400 to fill the tank.

I trust the folks who use heating oil are facing similar problems.

Wonder what would happen if the grandparents of people at these oil/propane companies had their heat and electric shut off until the crisis passes? Suppose they would rethink their greed because it involves THEIR family? I doubt it, pathetic people are pathetic people.


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Reply 22 - Posted by: Mr smart, 2/3/2014 1:02:41 PM     (No. 9717614)

What a bunch of fools or enemies of the country. This is so bad in light of what is going to happen to the country when people
have to pay for the cold winter we are having. To think that big oil will be paying
and not us how stupid do they think we are.

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