Barnes to Americans who don't like high gas prices: "Demand that oil be drilled offshore, in ANWR," or "shut up"April 24, 2006 12:09 PM EDT ››› JEREMY SCHULMAN
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On the "All-Star Panel" segment of the April 21 edition of Fox News' Special Report with Brit Hume, Weekly Standard executive editor Fred Barnes said he was "tired of hearing" the complaints of people who are "so upset about gas costing too much." Barnes said: "[I]f it costs a lot to fill up the tanks and they don't like that, well, demand that the supply increase. Demand that oil be drilled offshore, in ANWR [the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge], and so on." He added: "Otherwise, look, shut up."
From the April 21 edition of Fox News' Special Report with Brit Hume, with guest host Jim Angle, Barnes, Roll Call executive editor Morton M. Kondracke, and Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer:
BARNES: But here's what I think about people complaining about this. I'm tired of hearing their complaints. I mean, look, if the American people are so upset about gas costing too much, why don't they demand something more? And the obvious thing is to have more supply. And yet when that --
ANGLE: Or drive less.
BARNES: Yeah --
ANGLE: For people who can --
BARNES: We know they are not going to drive --
ANGLE: For people who can.
KONDRACKE: Or drive smaller cars.
BARNES: We know they're not going to drive less, and they don't want those little cars that if you get in an accident, you know, if you bump into the curb, everybody in your car is going to die.
ANGLE: You could just get a medium-sized car.
BARNES: People like SUVs.
KRAUTHAMMER: Or you could try bicycles.
BARNES: And well, look, it's a given that they like these big cars and so on. So, if they have -- if it costs a lot to fill up the tanks and they don't like that, well, demand that the supply increase. Demand that oil be drilled offshore, in ANWR, and so on. And they aren't. Otherwise, look, shut up.