Each of our Presidents – starting with Richard Nixon – claimed to have a plan to make the United States energy independent. In 1974, President Nixon made a solemn pledge to the American people that he was laying the foundation for our future capacity to meet our country’s energy needs from our own resources. Each President to follow, Nixon through George W. Bush, made promises that for whatever reason were not kept. The current occupant of the White House had this to say:
We have got to do something about our dependence on oil – for two reasons: it provides an economic and national security risk … and … makes it harder to be wise stewards of the environment.
Considering the control that the powerful oil and gas industry has had over President Bush, and with their chief lobbyist serving as Vice President, it’s not surprising that Bush would make such a shallow and rather elementary statement concerning a most serious topic. His Administration has done virtually nothing to come up with a real plan to address our nation’s dependence on foreign oil. All the United States has to show for the lack of action is $4-a-gallon gas and a public that is mad as all get out over the plight. The next President had better be dead serious about ending our dependence on foreign oil. We had better get serious and fast. The prospects of John McCain being the instrument of change in this critically important area of concern are slim to none. All he can offer is little more than four more years of Bush-Cheney-Rove rule. The ball will soon be in the Democrats’ court and there is one thing for certain – they can’t afford to drop the ball. In my opinion, the American people won’t allow that to happen. It’s time for political speeches to end and real action to begin and that’s the hard, fast truth!
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