Tuesday morning, President George W. Bush held a press conference to address national concern over the economy and escalating gas prices. In addition to announcing "temporary steps" to stabilize the housing and financial markets by bailing out major mortgage enterprises Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, Bush reconfirmed his support to lift the ban on offshore drilling.
Although it's great to see Bush take on our nations concerns, I must call out five dumb things he said during Tuesday's press conference.
1. Offshore Oil Is "Responsible"
"Democratic leaders . . . should repeal the congressional ban and pass legislation
to facilitate responsible offshore exploration."
There is no such thing as "responsible offshore exploration." Offshore drilling poses the risk of oil spills that would negatively affect marine life, destroy ecological habitats and damage coral reefs. Lets remember the 1969 Oil Spill Off Of Santa Barbara.
2. Offshore Drilling Is "Action"
"Democratic leaders have been delaying action on offshore exploration . . . they should match the action I have taken, repeal the congressional ban and pass legislation to facilitate responsible offshore exploration."
How can Democratic leaders match your "action" if you are not actually "taking action?" Increasing oil supply brings us NO closer to solving America's energy crisis. For starters, it could take years to implement. And although renewable energy will also take years to implement at least that's a step in the right direction. The United States Energy Information Administration predicts offshore drilling would take a lengthy 20 years to affect US oil production. And then what? Oil is still a non-renewable resource unable to match our country's needs. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, claims the U.S. consumes 25 percent of the world's oil and natural gas. With offshore drilling the US would still contain less than 6 percent of the world's reserves.
In sum, offshore drilling is not an action, but a DISTR-action, further diverting us from finding a sustainable energy source. Lets spend our precious time, money and energy (no pun intended) on more important things: long-term solutions.
3. "It Took Us A While To Get Here"
"It took us a while to get here and we need to have a good strategy to get out of it."
Funny it took about 7 years and 6 months for oil prices to triple.
4. Supplies Of Oil Will Increase
"It seems like it makes sense to me to say to the world at we're going to use, you know, new technologies to explore for oil and gas ... to send a clear message that the supplies of oil will increase."
Wasn't that the message we were sending when we invaded Iraq? After securing the oil wells, you'd think we'd have a steady supply at bargain prices.
5. Offshore Drilling "Protects" Reefs
"The technology is such that you can protect the reefs. You don't have to drill on top of a reef. You can drill away from a reef and then have a horizontal hole to help you explore a reservoir."
Although offshore drilling technology has improved, studies by the Rainforest Action Network confirm offshore drilling is still damaging to kelp beds, reefs and coastal wetlands. Worst of all, drilling exposes wildlife to the threat of oil spills.
Several major oil companies including Chevron, Mobil and Exxon already confirmed the brutally devastating effects of offshore drilling. Must we remember that Chevron USA has already pleaded guilty to 65 violations of the Clean Water Act?
Watch the live video of yesterday's press conference . . .
So there you have it. Five stupid things Bush said about the environment. And here's one more gem--just for fun. This doesn't need repudiation . . . just enjoy.
"The president doesn't have a magic wand. You can't just say: 'Low gas!'"