Thursday, February 02, 2006

Administration backs off Bush's vow to reduce Mideast oil imports

KR Washington Bureau | 02/01/2006 | Administration backs off Bush's vow to reduce Mideast oil imports:
WASHINGTON - One day after President Bush vowed to reduce America's dependence on Middle East oil by cutting imports from there 75 percent by 2025, his energy secretary and national economic adviser said Wednesday that the president didn't mean it literally.

What the president meant, they said in a conference call with reporters, was that alternative fuels could displace an amount of oil imports equivalent to most of what America is expected to import from the Middle East in 2025.

But America still would import oil from the Middle East, because that's where the greatest oil supplies are.


He pledged to "move beyond a petroleum-based economy and make our dependence on Middle Eastern oil a thing of the past."

Not exactly, though, it turns out.

"This was purely an example," Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman said.
It's like an old SNL skit: "What the president meant to say was...." Why can't he say what he means? Because he doesn't mean anything he says, unless it has to do with waging war or screwing the poor, I mean, cutting taxes.

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