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February 20, 2006
Watch out, Chavez

You're on the terrorist hit-list now.

Less than half the crude oil used by refineries is produced in the United States, while 60 percent comes from foreign nations, Bush said during the first stop on a two-day trip to talk about energy.

Some of these foreign suppliers have "unstable" governments that have fundamental differences with America, he said.

"It creates a national security issue and we're held hostage for energy by foreign nations that may not like us," Bush said.

Who could this be but Venezuela?

Aside from that, I do have to wonder just who pulled Bush's string and how NREL got their funding back.

On Tuesday, Bush plans to visit the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colo., to talk about speeding the development of biofuels.

The lab, with a looming $28 million budget shortfall, had announced it was cutting its staff by 32 people, including eight researchers. But in advance of Bush's visit, Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman over the weekend directed the transfer of $5 million to the private contractor that runs the lab, so the jobs can be saved.

The department "has been informed that the NREL lab director will use these funds to immediately restore all of the jobs that were cut earlier this month due to budget shortfalls," the department said in a statement Monday.

He also visited a solar energy company.

Who on earth is going on?

Posted by AnneZook at 07:07 PM


The figures Bush cited are interesting: by limiting his numbers to crude refined to oil, he overstates US dependency on foreign oil by about a factor of two. That's not accidental: its scare tactics and its sabre-rattling.

The rest of it is windowdressing, so that the next war for oil looks less like a war of choice....

Posted by: Jonathan Dresner at February 20, 2006 07:26 PM

I'd give a lot for a national media outlet that printed the facts next to stories like this, you know? Someone that just laid out the truth.

And it's not an anti-Bush thing. I dont care who's in office. I'd just like some unvarnished facts.

Posted by: Anne at February 21, 2006 10:31 PM