It’s Labor Day here in the U.S., and I’ve been taking a bit of time off, hence the couple of days with no posts here on Cosmic Variance. Nevertheless, I thought it would be worth just pointing to the silly comments that our “President” has taken time out to make.
When you hear that Bush is advocating reducing our dependence on oil, one might be tempted to think that he has finally come around to listening to scientists about one of the most critical issues facing the planet, rather than, say, the renowned climatologist Michael Crichton. Unfortunately, your optimism would be short-lived, because the completion of the statement exposes his usual simplistic world-view and cockeyed reasoning, even as he reaches a rare correct conclusion
”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.”
But even the original statement is hard to believe
As 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.”
Keep fiddling Mr. President.