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September 4, 2006
Bush Says Dependence on Foreign Oil Hurts Growth

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Filed at 2:27 p.m. ET

PINEY POINT, Md. (AP) -- President Bush marked Labor Day on Monday by promising to help keep U.S. workers competitive in global markets and reduce U.S reliance on foreign oil so it doesn't choke U.S. economic expansion. ''Dependence on foreign oil jeopardizes our capacity to grow,'' Bush said in a speech focused on the U.S. economy -- a key issue in November elections that will determine whether the GOP retains control of the House and Senate.

Democrats contend the middle class isn't enjoying the benefits of recent U.S. economic gains. They say sluggish median earnings show paychecks have failed to keep pace with inflation, and they note rising health care and energy costs.

Average prices at the gas pump have eased over the past month from more than $3 for a gallon for unleaded regular gasoline to $2.79. That has given Americans some relief, but Bush warned against continued reliance on oil-producing countries where the United States is unpopular.

''The problem is we get oil from some parts of the world and they simply don't like us,'' Bush said. ''And so the more dependent we are on that type of energy, the less likely it will be that we are able to compete, and so people have good, high-paying jobs.''

Bush said he is working to advance technologies so batteries can power automobiles on short trips and ethanol can replace gasoline. He also renewed his support for nuclear energy.

The president gave his 11-minute holiday address at the Paul Hall Center for Maritime Training and Education, which offers vocational training to members of the Seafarers International Union.

Technology has allowed the union to be more productive, Bush said, and ''technology is going to enable us to become less dependent on oil.''

Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said Bush didn't mention one proposal aimed at easing U.S. addiction to foreign oil: Upgrading fuel economy standards from levels set in 1975 to reflect nearly 30 years of new technologies.

''President Bush's willful disregard of imposing tough new fuel economy standards is hobbling our national security, our economy and our environment,'' Markey said. ''And proposing nuclear power as an answer to cars, SUVs and trucks burning oil shows that the president isn't serious about our dangerous Middle East oil dependence.''

Bush also urged Congress to make permanent a host of tax cuts. And he thanked America's fighting men and women for their sacrifices and said, ''They may hear all the political discourse going on, but the people of this country -- the people of the United States of America -- stand squarely behind the men and women who wear our uniform.''

Before his outdoor remarks, Bush spent time ''steering'' a U.S. Coast Guard cutter in a simulation room where he was surrounded by video screens offering him a panoramic view of the harbor in Baltimore and gurgling sounds of water.

''Just make sure I don't run into the wall,'' he joked.
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So he's finally figured that out, huh? He's about seven years late. He's also continually lied and demogogue this for years. He hasn't proposed a single alternative energy bill or program in his entire tenure.

Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.

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Wow-Wake up and smell the hydrocarbons!

I wonder if this is a signal that he no longer expects to have a free run on Iraq's and it's neighbours' reserves?

Shame those billions spent on an irrelevant war couldn't have been channeled into the necessary research.
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He must have found his saved superman magazine where he turned a piece of coal into a diamond
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Bush Urges Nation To Be Quiet For A Minute While He Tries To Think
August 30, 2006

WASHINGTON, DC—In a nationally televised address Monday, President Bush urged all citizens, regardless of race, creed, color, or political affiliation, "to quiet down for just one minute" so he could have "a chance to think."

"Every American has an inalienable right to free speech and self-expression," Bush said. "Nonetheless, I call upon the American people to hold off on it for, say, 60 seconds. Just long enough for me to get this all sorted out in my head."

"Please," Bush added.

While the president said achieving a unilateral peace and quiet "would not be easy," he hoped that citizens would respect his wish and work toward a temporary cease-talk so that he could can hear his own thoughts "for once."

"Make no mistake: It will take patience and sacrifice," Bush said. "But such drastic measures could lead to a better tomorrow for all of us, especially for your commander in chief."

Bush then closed his speech by exhaling sharply, tightly closing his eyes, and massaging his temples. "I just—Christ, I just need a goddamn minute, you know?" he said.

The presidential call for national silence came as little surprise following weeks of rumors from White House sources that Bush appeared increasingly distracted and wearied by the ever-pervasive noise. Excerpts from an unedited videotaped meeting made public last Thursday revealed a frustrated Bush rhetorically asking Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan how "the leader of the free world was supposed to get any work done around here with all this volume."

Assuring the public it "can make as much noise as [it] wants" as soon as the Bush-proposed national minute of silence concludes, Chief Of Staff Josh Bolten said that the White House was making "every effort" to accommodate Bush's wishes.

"Currently, the president's calls are being bounced back to the West Wing call center, and all televisions and radios on White House property have been switched off," said Bolten, who added that staffers moved Bush family dog Barney from the Oval Office after Bush called the Scottish terrier's heavy panting "intolerable."

Several world leaders, including British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Chinese President Hu Jintao, reacted to Bush's speech by openly wondering if Bush's request pertained to them.

"I think he meant everyone, allies or not," Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said. "So, please, whether you are the prime minister of India or the German chancellor, try to tone it down. Also, if you are an Iraqi insurgent, a leader of Hezbollah, a member of al-Qaeda, or a general enemy of the U.S., hush."

Bush's plea was backed by leading Republicans, who urged their constituents to comply with the president's request to "be quiet for seriously, like, two seconds."

"In these trying times for our president, we must show respect for his office, even if it means turning our car radios down, shushing our children, and turning off all fans," Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) said. "Heck, the man just needs one measly minute."

Capitol Hill Democrats, however, have criticized Bush's call for silence, with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) calling it "yet another example of Bush's inability to connect with everyday Americans, many of whom rarely, if ever, receive a moment to themselves."

"Where's their moment to think?" Pelosi said.

While Bush deemed the attempts at quiet "helpful and encouraging," he called for "literally one more second" of complete silence, saying he was "very close to getting it together and almost had it" before being interrupted by the sound of a car alarm moments ago.

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...... ''And proposing nuclear power as an answer to cars, SUVs and trucks burning oil shows that the president isn't serious about our dangerous Middle East oil dependence.''

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This is just wrong as it ignores the existence of fossil fuel power plants, which if converted to nuclear, would free reserves for other uses such as vehicles until we can develop better hybrids or electric cars etc.


Still, energy independence is essential and a good start would be to throw off the yoke of the environmentalists who have blocked oil exploration and refining as well as nuclear power plants. The liberals have even blocked eco friendly projects such as wind power in Cape Cod because it would spoil their view of the horizon (see Edward Kennedy).
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It will truly be very nice if we could liberate ourselves from Middle East oil. If we do that, what would be the rational for our presence there?
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Drill, drill, drill. That's the only answer, right? Drill the refuges. Drill off the coast of the most pristine beaches in Florida so they can be covered in oil shit the way Galveston Island is, where you can't walk on the beach bare foot without asphalt fucking up the bottom of your feet. That's your world. I hope someone builds an oil derrick across the street from your house.

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