FOX NEWS — Last week Newt Gingrich said he would lower the price of gasoline to $2.50 a gallon if he becomes president. Today he hinted he would be able to make it free.
“I propose a fundamental change in America’s energy policy,” said the former House Speaker in an appearance on Fox News Sunday. “With a Middle East full of unstable terrorist regimes bent on destroying our economy, we need to radically rethink the way we do business.”
Gingrich went on to suggest that the Moon has “vast, untapped oil reserves” which could be exploited to provide the country with “permanent petrochemical certainty.”
“There’s every reason to believe that our nearest neighbor in space holds the key to our very survival as a species,” said Gingrich. “Unlike some of my Republican rivals, I do not fear science. I embrace it.”
Asked if he was worried that fossil fuels might not be found on the Moon, which has never been home to carboniferous life forms, Gingrich emphasized national security considerations.
“I see this as a ‘twofer’,” he said. “The Chinese are working feverishly to populate the Moon and use it as base from which to threaten American cities. President Obama’s dereliction of duty in this regard is grotesque. We desperately need an off-world presence in the Solar System. If we get free gas in the process, so much the better.”