Who weeps for the Hummer owner?

U.S. Rep. Allen West is lambasting the Obama administration today because it cost him $70 to fill up the tank on his car.

“Here is the bottom line,” he writes on his Facebook page. “Last night it took 70 dollars to fill the tank of my 2008 H3 Hummer, what is it costing you? What does it cost the President to fill his gas tank?”

A Hummer? Who could have foreseen this problem? Just about everyone but Rep. West apparently.

Check out the spec sheet on the Hummer H3 (2008) from the Department of Energy:


If Rep. West bought his Hummer when it was new — 2008 — the average price in his district for gasoline was about $3.90. It would have cost him about $90 to fill up his car then.

Even at the lowest price (in his district) since his car was new ($1.62 in December 2008), it would have cost West about $35 to fill up his vehicle (assuming he did so with a gallon left in the tank).

Incidentally in his personal financial disclosure statement, Rep. West doesn’t list owning a Hummer. He lists having a car loan on a Mercedes, a model which gets slightly better gas mileage.