Monday, September 26, 2005

Bush: Gov't May Tap Petroleum Reserve

You have to give him credit: the man has balls of cast iron. Faced with forty-ish approval ratings on everything he touches, still recovering from the debacle of his guitar-strumming nonresponse and his FEMA director's marguerita-driven obliviousness as a major American city (literally) went under, and looking so vulnerable that the tabs are reporting that he's fallen off the wagon as well as his bicycle yet again, what does Chimpy McCodpiece decide to do? Why, ram some failed legislation down the throats of the American public and throw some cash at his drinking buddies:

President Bush urged Americans on Monday to cut back on unnecessary travel to make up for fuel shortages caused by Hurricane Rita. He prepared to take his seventh trip to the Gulf Coast.

Bush said the government was ready to release fuel from its emergency oil stockpile to alleviate high prices. And he suggested he would name a federal official to oversee the reconstruction of the Gulf Coast - after local officials first produce a vision for their rebuilt communities.

The president spoke after he attended a meeting at the Energy Department in which officials told him they still were trying to assess the damage to oil production and refineries in Rita's path.
Congress plans to move quickly this week on legislation aimed at providing incentives for refinery expansion or constructions and provisions that are aimed at more energy production, especially natural gas. Other bills would ease some air pollution requirements on refineries, open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska to oil drilling and allow states to override existing bans on natural gas drilling in coastal waters.

White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said the president wants to work with Congress to increase refining capacity and expand environmentally responsible oil and gas exploration, although the White House is still reviewing the new proposals that will be debated this week.
Do those congressional plans sound familiar? They should. They're so malignant and misguided that they didn't even merit inclusion in the Preznit's Omnibus Giveaway to Big Oil Energy Policy Act of 2005.

If Satan's sense of humor is as twisted as I imagine it to be, the fires in the Narcissist-in-Chief's room in hell will be fueled with renewable energy sources. Which is to say, they will never, ever go out.


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