Gov. Douglas Urges Congress to ‘Thoroughly’ InvestigateFuel Prices & Take Action The Vermont Fuel Dealers Association has called onCongress to close the “Enron loophole,” a provision that protectslargely unregulated “dark exchanges” and drives the price of fuelbased on speculation, rather than free market principles of supply and demand. Montpelier, Vt. – Governor Jim Douglastoday praised the U.S. Congress for holding hearings on skyrocketing oilprices, but urged lawmakers to conduct a “real, thoroughinvestigation.” Governor Douglas on several occasions has urged the U.S. Congress to begina bipartisan investigation of escalating fuel prices. The Governor and abipartisan group of 21 of his colleagues had called for a similar investigationlast May. The Governor most recently urged Congress to investigate oil pricesearlier this winter. “What’s troubling to average Americans is that as theprice of fuel continues to rise, oil companies are making record-settingprofits. I’m pleased the Congress is finally looking into this issue. It is my hope that they will go beyond hearings and conduct a real, thoroughinvestigation into what exactly is driving price increases and what can be doneto lower them,” Governor Douglas said. ### “High fuel prices hurt low and middle incomeVermonters the most. And while my administration will continue to hold theline on in-state proposals that would make fuel more expensive, a long-termsolution can only be achieved by the federal government,” GovernorDouglas said. “Americans deserve honest answers and real solutions tothis recurring and unresolved problem.” Jason GibbsGovernor’sCommunications Director109 State Street ¨ The Pavilion ¨ Montpelier,VT 05609-0101 ¨ www.vermont.gov/governor(link is external)Telephone: 802.828.3333 ¨ Fax: 802.828.3339 ¨ TDD: 802.828.3345 Congress has the authority and the ability toinvestigate fuel costs and enact free market reforms that lower prices, the Governoradded.
He mentioned reporters often asked about his shooting accuracy (40.2 percent). So did former Lakers coach Phil Jackson when he coached the former Artest his first two seasons here.“I love Phil. But it’s not easy for people to adjust,” World Peace said. “I wanted to finish my career off strong.”The Lakers have noticed. “You have to give him a lot of credit for somebody who was out of the league for a couple of years,” Scott said of World Peace. “He worked as hard as he worked to get back into the league and be able to be a vital part of what we’re trying to do. It’s been great.” World Peace also argued he “absolutely” is in better shape than in his first stint with the Lakers (2009-2013).“I feel way better. I can do whatever I want,” the 36-year-old World Peace told Los Angeles News Group. “Essentially, I’m a wild card.”World Peace, a 15-year NBA veteran, insisted he’s “not trying to prove anybody wrong” after playing overseas last year in China and Italy. Still, World Peace acknowledged his limited time in New York became “frustrating.” He also argued he “wasn’t getting the credit I felt I should have been getting” during his first Lakers stint.“The Lakers were great,” World Peace said. “I’m talking about the outside and national [media].” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error PHOENIX >> The respect Lakers coach Byron Scott held for Metta World Peace’s defense stayed as sturdy as his physical frame. Like anyone connected to the Lakers, Scott also appreciates the former Ron Artest’s role in securing the franchise’s last championship five years ago.But after the Lakers signed World Peace to a non-guaranteed contract, Scott “felt real leery if he was going to be able to get through training camp.” World Peace last played in the NBA with the New York Knicks in the 2013-14 season, but he played only 29 games before accepting a buyout. He also entered training camp with a back and left calf injury that sidelined him through most of the first week. “That’s when I thought he’s not going to make it,” Scott said.Two months later, World Peace started against the Phoenix Suns on Monday at Talking Stick Resort Arena while Kobe Bryant sat out for the third time in the past five contests. Scott gushed that World Peace is “playing a major role for us,” including starts in two games and mentoring the team’s young players. Though he entered Monday’s game against Phoenix averaging a modest 6.5 points on 39.4 percent shooting in 18.8 minutes, World Peace posted 11 points on 4-of-4 shooting, 2-of-2 from 3-point range and two rebounds in the first half versus the Suns.