Interestingly, when I google’d it, I only found news on it from NON-US sources.
(EDIT: Now it has a few… sorry.)
I seem to remember Bush campaigning on something relating to oil… what was it…???
Bush Criticized Clinton Administration For High Gas Prices
Bush In 2000: Bush Blamed Clinton Administration For High Gas Prices; Promised “Immediate Relief” By Using His “Capital” With Saudis And Kuwaitis. “Campaigning for president in a state particularly hard-hit by high gasoline prices, Texas Gov. George W. Bush on Tuesday blamed the nation’s predicament on the Clinton administration, which he said is operating without an energy policy. “This is an administration that is hoping the issue goes away,’ Bush said. … ‘The vice president seems to forget who’s been in office for seven years,’ Bush said. ‘This is an administration that has been in charge, and the price of gasoline has risen steadily since they’ve been in office.’ Asked what he would do as president to address the price at the pump, Bush said he would confer with oil-producing allies and ask them to pump more crude. ‘I would use the capital my administration will earn with the Kuwaitis or the Saudis, to convince them to open up the spigot,’ Bush said. ‘That’s where we will get immediate relief.'” [Houston Chronicle, 6/28/00]
Yup. Oh wait… There was something else…
Bush In 2000: U.S. Simply Needs To Tell OPEC To “Open The Spigots.” “I would hope the [Clinton] administration would convince our friends in OPEC to open the spigots.” [Los Angeles Times, 6/22/00]
Bush in 2000: U.S. Needs To “Jawbone” OPEC Members. “What I think the president ought to do [when gas prices spike] is he ought to get on the phone with the OPEC cartel and say we expect you to open your spigots…And the president of the United States must jawbone OPEC members to lower the price.” [President Bush, 1/26/00]
- Bush In 2006: “Every Little Bit Helps.” “I’ve directed the Department of Energy to defer filling the reserve this summer. Our strategic reserve is sufficiently large enough to guard against any major supply disruption over the next few months. So by deferring deposits until the fall, we’ll leave a little more oil on the market. Every little bit helps.” [President Bush, 4/26/06]
- Bush In 2006: “No Magic Wand.” “‘I know gas prices are high,’ President Bush said. ‘There’s no magic wand to wave. We’ll make sure the energy companies are pricing their products fairly. If we catch them gouging — catch unfair trade practices — we’ll deal with them at the federal government.'” [Reno Nevada Channel 4, 4/25/06]
Yup. I think that was all… Nope. There was a bit more.
Bush Administration On Conservation
Cheney in 2001: Conservation Merely A “Personal Virtue”; Rejected Use Of Renewable Energy Sources. “Vice-president Dick Cheney dismissed on Monday night the idea of ‘conserving or rationing’ as 1970s-era solutions to the US’s energy shortages. In a speech in Toronto, Mr Cheney said that ‘conservation may be a sign of personal virtue, but it is not a sufficient basis for a sound, comprehensive energy policy.’… He rejected energy conservation and renewable energy sources as major alternatives…'” [The Guardian, 5/2/01]
Bush in 2005: Bush Called On Americans To Be “Better Conservers.” “President Bush called on the Americans today to conserve gasoline and avoid non-essential driving as the average national prices for retail gasoline climbed higher for the first time since they peaked over the Labor Day weekend. … ‘We can all pitch in by being better conservers,’ Mr. Bush said …. In addition to urging consumers to cut back to ease the pain of the current supply shortages, he said federal employees should use carpool and public transport and not take non-essential trips.” [New York Times, 9/25/05]
Yeah… Those guys are a bunch of douchebags. Do you know how much beer you could buy with $100 anyhow? Sheesh.