Addicted to Oil: G.W. Bush Conquers Step 1

Thu, 2006-02-02 15:36Richard Littlemore
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Addicted to Oil: G.W. Bush Conquers Step 1

There are skeptics galore dismissing U.S. President George W. Bush's admission this week that America has a problem. They look at the Texas oilman's history and doubt that he is sincere in saying that the U.S. should conserve fossil fuels or seriously explore (climate friendly) energy alternatives.

Others are pointing out that, like all additions, this one will be hard to break (see attachment).

No matter, the first stage in conquering a problem is admitting it. There is room to be unreservedly pleased that President Bush has spoken the words, even if we're not holding our breath in anticipation that the deeds will follow quickly.

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Every good magician knows that the key to success is misdirecting the audience. You have to draw everyone’s attention away from your ultimate goal in order to perform the trick. Politics is no different, and one of the greatest misdirections in recent memory has been pulled off by the fossil fuel industry.

While most of the environmental movement was (rightfully) focusing attention on stopping the Keystone XL tar sands export pipeline from crossing over one of the most vital aquifers in the U.S., the dirty energy industry was quietly building a network of...

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