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I saw this article from the AP today. It is basically a look at energy costs and Mr. Bush, a look into his energy policy. Towards the end of the piece, Bush is quoted as follows:
Bush said high prices are “like a foreign tax on the American dream.” He challenged Congress to send him an energy bill by August and described the proposal as making energy “more affordable and secure” in the future.
I’ll go easy on him first. I have no problem with securing energy sources, OIL is not secure. In fact the scarcity of oil, oil that will be all but gone in my lifetime, makes pursuing oil sources and not alternatives indicates a warped idea of security. It stinks of greed.
Now for the American dream part. This statement is
- and disconnected from reality.
In fact, I believe that Americans need the wake up from that dream and get serious. If anything, America gets a huge hand-out on energy (at least oil) when compared to the rest of the world.
The article continues stating correctly that his drive for cheap oil has been “complicated by his own actions.” He attacked Iraq and soured relations with many in the free world, primarily Venezuela.
Then Bush is quoted blaming the Clinton Administration, saying Clinton “must jawbone OPEC members to lower prices.”
It ends with
Jerry Taylor, an energy analyst at the Cato Institute, a Washington-based think tank that advocates less government regulation, said the idea that “jawboning OPEC or arranging for nice relations with OPEC will somehow get us more oil is utter illusion.”
“The Saudis will produce as much oil as they think is necessary to maximize revenue. Period,” Taylor said.
We need to wake up this president, this population. Not for politics but for our future…