Thursday, April 27, 2006

Grouchy. Day 4. Everything sucks

What in the hell is up with Bush saying that America is 'addicted to oil'? That's the kind of thing Al Gore would say, and Bush would laugh at him for it. And whatever happened to the American way of life?

Q Is one of the problems with this, and the entire energy field, American lifestyles? Does the President believe that, given the amount of energy Americans consume per capita, how much it exceeds any other citizen in any other country in the world, does the President believe we need to correct our lifestyles to address the energy problem?

MR. FLEISCHER: That's a big no. The President believes that it's an American way of life, and that it should be the goal of policy makers to protect the American way of life. The American way of life is a blessed one. And we have a bounty of resources in this country.

Q So Americans should go on consuming as much more energy than any other citizens in any other countries of the world, as long as they want?

MR. FLEISCHER: Terry, the President believes that the American people are very wise and that, given the right incentives, they will know how and they will make their own right determinations about how much they can conserve, just as the President announced last week that the federal government, as part of its consumership in California will reduce energy needs -- for example, the Department of Defense facilities in California, by 10 percent. He believes the American people, too, will make the right decisions about conservation and the program he will announce shortly will also include a series of conservation items.

But the President also believes that the American people's use of energy is a reflection of the strength of our economy, of the way of life that the American people have come to enjoy. And he wants to make certain that a national energy policy is comprehensive, that includes conservation, includes a way of allowing the American people to continue to enjoy the way of life that has made the United States such a leading nation in the world.

Six years ago we were going to preserve the American way of life(TM). Now Bush is calling us a bunch of addicts.


Anonymous said...

Bush calling for conservation sounds as genuine as Hugh Hefner calling for abstinence

Red A said...

Must be elections coming up with high oil prices.

People are truly shizzling themselves over gas prices. Irrational voters = Irrational Leaders

Lucky for me I drive a scooter to work - takes about 7 minutes. NT$ 70 / week in gas.

Karl said...

A scooter? That's not very American Way of Life, now is it? Besides, I know you have a car. Ditch that scooter by selling it to me. I think it will be easier to stay quit smoking if I don't have to drive my big suck-ass Cefiro from Daya to South Taichung every day.

Red A said...

Yes, it's pretty hard to get a good smoke when you are dodging gravel trucks on the scooter.