NSBA Trustee C. Cookie Driscoll Testifies on Gas Prices

May 9, 2012

Molly Brogan

Washington, D.C. – Today, C. Cookie Driscoll, Vice Chair of Membership for the National Small Business Association (NSBA) and owner of Whodathunkit Farm in Fairfield, Pa., testified before the House Committee on Small Business about the effects of rising gas prices. Driscoll’s farm has seen its expenses increase dramatically given that fuel costs impact every aspect of running a horse farm.

“Currently, the cost of diesel fuel, which is required for most of the vehicles that service my farm, can be as much as $4.39 per gallon,” stated Driscoll. “These high prices and the volatility of these prices have a significant impact on my bottom line.”

During her testimony, Driscoll highlighted the myriad areas of her business which have been negatively impacted by the cost of fuel, including farm equipment, transportation vehicles for the horses, horse feed, the constant cycle of product delivery and pick-up and the product packaging. She emphasized to the Committee, however, that her issues aren’t unique to her business or any one industry.

“We all are hurting from volatile and rising gas prices, and America’s small businesses need some kind of relief,” she said.

Driscoll, as a Trustee of NSBA, helped craft NSBA’s new energy and environmental policy which, in short, calls on lawmakers and regulators to embrace five key policy objectives: 1) ensure clean air and water; 2) promote adequate and affordable energy; 3) end U.S. reliance on foreign energy; 4) simplify regulatory requirements and accelerate approval process; and 5) support federal energy research dollars for small firms.

“Short-sighted energy and environmental policies are wreaking havoc on small business,” stated NSBA President and CEO Todd McCracken. “Given the existing mountains of pressure already on America’s entrepreneurs, they simply cannot bear this added, and growing burden.”

Driscoll concluded her comments thanking the Committee for their efforts to address the issue and urged Congress to work toward a long-term energy policy that that does not place a disproportionate burden on America’s small businesses.

Celebrating its 75th Anniversary in 2012, NSBA continues to advocate on behalf of America’s entrepreneurs. A staunchly nonpartisan organization, NSBA reaches more than 150,000 small businesses across the country and is proud to be the nation’s first small-business advocacy organization. For more information, please visit www.nsba.biz .