President George Bush.
The former oilman who had to know that higher oil prices were inevitable yet did nothing in eight years to increase the supply of clean energy alternatives and expand energy-efficiency.
That man had the shameless gall to say today that "in the long run, the solution is to reduce demand for oil by promoting alternative energy technologies," to strengthen our environment and national security, but "in the short run, the American economy will continue to rely largely on oil, and that means we need to increase supply especially here at home."
As if he became president yesterday. As if we were born yesterday.
He did not, and we did not. That man has zero credibility on the energy policy. He offered nothing for eight years and he literally offers nothing today.
He repeated the estimates of available oil -- 10 billion barrels in ANWR, 18 billion off our coastlines -- which I cited yesterday.
He pretends they are significant, but that oil amounts to so little additional supply, it would result in less than $0.06 a gallon of savings, 17 years from now.
There's nothing "short run" about it. And that's after gas prices have skyrocketed $3.00 a gallon, breaking $4.00 across the country, during the course of his miserable presidency.
He has nothing to offer, and should be ignored. I'm sorry to have wasted your time and mine even writing this post.
Originally posted at the Campaign for America's Future blog.
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