Saturday, August 2, 2008

Bush Free to Blame Congress on Energy

In today's radio address, President Bush declared his displeasure at Congress in the energy arena. George W. Bush said:

I know that high energy prices are making this a difficult time for many of our citizens, but it is important to remember that these high prices were not inevitable. They are partially the result of policy choices that have been made over the years by the United States Congress. Now Congress has an opportunity to begin reversing that damage. By opening up new resources at home we can help bring energy costs down. And that will help ensure that our economy remains the strongest, most vibrant, and most hopeful in the world.

What has the same Chief Executive said about past Congressional energy efforts? In November 2003 he weighed in, praising a Republican Congress:

I applaud the House and Senate for reaching agreement on a comprehensive energy bill. America will be safer and stronger with a national energy policy that will help keep the lights on, the furnaces lit, and the factories running. A good energy bill is part of my six-point economic plan to create the conditions for job creation and a sustained recovery. By making America less reliant on foreign sources of energy, we also will make our Nation more secure. I commend the Congress for its hard work on this important issue.

Two years later, another Republican controlled Congress passed a large energy measure, complete with $6 billion in subsidies for oil companies. In July 2005, President Bush issued the following statement:

I applaud the Congress for today's passage of an energy bill that will help secure our energy future and reduce our dependence on foreign sources of energy. The energy bill will increase conservation and efficiency, diversify our energy supply with alternative and renewable sources, expand domestic energy production in environmentally sensitive ways, and modernize our electricity infrastructure. Four years ago, I called for a national energy plan to address our Nation's energy needs for the 21st Century. The bipartisan energy bill passed today will give America a comprehensive national energy strategy for the first time in more than a decade and is critically important to our long-term national and economic security. I look forward to signing it into law.

America's energy present is the result of past policies, set and passed by The White House and Congress. George Bush could accept responsibility for his role, but won't. It's a familiar refrain.