WEST PALM BEACH — U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Plantation, pumped $3.969-a-gallon gas at a Chevron station this afternoon and said more domestic energy production, including more drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, would eventually bring down prices.
Noting that the price of gas has more than doubled since President Obama took office, West said the administration isn't doing enough to lease areas for drilling offshore and on land.
The average retail price for a gallon of regular gas was $1.78 in January 2009, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, which says the average price this week is $3.96.
Obama on Saturday called for measures to increase drilling for oil and natural gas, but West said he's skeptical.
"The president needs to be more proactive than reactive Actions speak louder than words."
During his gas-pumping duties, Rep. West did learn a thing or two about the touch required to pump gas into a Jaguar: