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Old 01-31-2006, 06:17 PM   #1
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Bush Says "America Addicted to Oil."

http://www.cnn.com/2006/POLITICS/01/...otu/index.html

I think the whole world is. And with China now trying to buy oil companies I see them in future wars to gain those oil fields as we are doing that today.
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He should know, he's the ultimate junkie
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Does he drive more than the rest of us?

Perhaps GWB will challenge the US to actually do something. For decades we've whined about dependence on foreign oil, yet barred access to internal resources - all with the hope that someone will develop a cheap alternative.
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Does he drive more than the rest of us?

Perhaps GWB will challenge the US to actually do something. For decades we've whined about dependence on foreign oil, yet barred access to internal resources - all with the hope that someone will develop a cheap alternative.
He does travel a whole hell of a lot. Not to mention his past and current connections to the oil industry.

The problem is there isn't enough incentive on the demand side to cut down on oil use. Just now there are beginning to be tax breaks for hybrids...there needs to be more progress like that.
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"America is addicted to oil, which is often imported from unstable parts of the world. ... The best way to break this addiction is through technology," Bush will say.
Well I guess he won't be sitting in a cardigan talking about energy conservation then. Maybe a reflective suit and a beanie with a mini-windmill on top of it.

Nah...hydrogen?
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The problem is there isn't enough incentive on the demand side to cut down on oil use. Just now there are beginning to be tax breaks for hybrids...there needs to be more progress like that.
You mean people say one thing (we use too much oil), but do another (keep using oil)???


Tax breaks for hybrids will benefit the auto industry more than the environment (there are a number of regular cars that get better gas milage than hybrids).

If we made alternative energy a real goal (on par with, let's say, the Apollo moon program), we'd have a cost efficient alternative within a decade.
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You mean people say one thing (we use too much oil), but do another (keep using oil)???


Tax breaks for hybrids will benefit the auto industry more than the environment (there are a number of regular cars that get better gas milage than hybrids).

If we made alternative energy a real goal (on par with, let's say, the Apollo moon program), we'd have a cost efficient alternative within a decade.
That I agree with, but with the oil such a powerful industry, particularly in the white house, unfortunately I don't see that being a "real" goal.
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It's a welcome statement from Bush, it could be said it's about time but to be fair, it's certainly welcome.
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Does he drive more than the rest of us?
Likely an allusion to his alcoholism and presumed drug addiction in his past.

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If we are addicted to oil then I guess Bush and Cheney and company are our dealers.
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We've had many dealers for many decades. Age and experience will shape the perception.
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I think its fair to say that U2 and the VERTIGO tour has used more oil in 2005 than any individual or small group.
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We've had many dealers for many decades. Age and experience will shape the perception.
Never with such close ties though.

You are right about one thing, age and experience will shape the perception and I'm not at all sure it will be in your favor.
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If we are addicted to oil then I guess Bush and Cheney and company are our dealers.
There ya go.

I think we've had the technology to make alternative fuels for years (using grains for example, which would help our farm economy, which would reduce the need for farm subsidies, which would aid the goal of fair trade, etc, etc) but the oil industry has lots of money and therefore lots of influence.
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If we made alternative energy a real goal (on par with, let's say, the Apollo moon program), we'd have a cost efficient alternative within a decade.
Yes. And I´m all for it.
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