Prohibitions On Market Manipulation and False Information in Subtitle B of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 #535819-00075

Submission Number:
535819-00075
Commenter:
Jacquelynne Catania
State:
PA
Initiative Name:
Prohibitions On Market Manipulation and False Information in Subtitle B of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007

I never would have thought that being a DOCTOR, that I would really have to think about the 30 minute drive that I have to work every day. It now costs me $10.00 PER DAY to drive to and from work (that's $50 per week, $200 + per month, JUST IN FUEL to drive to work.) - and that's just MY expenses. That doesn't include the additional $150 - $200/mo. that my husband has to spend to put fuel in HIS car to get to his place of employment in the opposite direction!! It's really putting the pinch on me - I am a YOUNG VETERINARIAN, trying to get on my feet with 3 KIDS (and childcare expenses for them, as well....) and STUDENT LOANS in EXCESS of $150,000 that I am really having trouble paying on since veterinary salaries are in severe disparity with education costs. I'm really starting to second guess if this is all worth the struggle. With that kind of bill, I may as well stay home and collect state / federal assistance. In some of the rural areas I work, that has already become a reality for some of my clients as they cannot afford to work because they were basically working to pay for fuel to put in their cars to go to and from work!! Sorry for the sob story - everyone has one - but it is a REAL epidemic that no one seems to see the end of. There is no hope in sight right now. Seriously though, I wish it were as easy as finding a closer job for myself - but it just doesn't work that way in the veterinary world, especially when I practice large animal (food animal) medicine and large animal vets are hard to come by these days - That, however, is a whole other issue that Congress MUST discuss!! There has to be some kind of relief for this fuel crisis. Speculation on fuel prices needs to STOP! I do have to say that if prices continue to climb there will be SCADS more large animal veterinarians that will cease to practice because it will be COST PROHIBITIVE for them to operate, since their business concentrates on driving from farm to farm. And that, my friends, will have a HUGE trickle down effect on our animal health and food supply (safety, quality, and risk of agroterrorism!!) With that, I leave you to ponder......what to do with fuel prices. I PLEAD with you for the future of our country - we need to act quickly!!! Thank you so much for your time - Sincerely, Lynne Catania, DVM