WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former Alaska Sen. Mike Gravel does not sympathize with complaints about high gas prices and said as president, he would not to anything to reduce prices at the pump but instead would confront the issue of U.S. dependency on foreign oil.
Gravel said, "We Americans have to grow up. If we want to get off the dependency in the Middle East, we have to own up to the problem, these things cost money."
Gravel agreed with Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Connecticut, on implementing a carbon tax, which would make certain fuels more expensive.
Dodd called U.S. dependence on foreign oil as a source of energy a "major crisis" , and said, "Today we have the solar polar caps melting, we have greenhouse gases accumulating at record levels way beyond expectations. We really have the dual responsibility here of reducing the polluting effects of depending upon fossil fuels and also allowing us to develop the alternative technologies that would allow us to move beyond this issue."
- CNN Associate Producer Natalie Apsell