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September 26, 2005

"Hey, uh, try to drive less."

Bush finally has a few words to say about gas conservation: "We can all pitch in by being better conservers of energy."

I am not inspired.

In contrast, consider Jimmy Carter in his speech from April 18, 1977 on promoting a tough energy policy:

Our decision about energy will test the character of the American people and the ability of the President and the Congress to govern. This difficult effort will be the "moral equivalent of war" -- except that we will be uniting our efforts to build and not destroy.

See also: Carter Tried To Stop Bush's Energy Disasters - 28 Years Ago [Common Dreams, 5/3/05]

Yours, &c., LC | 05:42 PM | Current Events | Comments (5) | TrackBack (0)

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They had the audio of that speech by Carter on NPR yesterday. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4864740

Posted by: Mark at September 27, 2005 09:40 AM

Ah, great. Thanks!

Posted by: Lady Crumpet at September 27, 2005 09:52 AM

That's exactly what we were screaming at the TV yesterday. My wife's conclusion: Bush is being told VERY FORCEFULLY by his advisors not to very forcefully ask the American people to sacrifice in any way because, you know, that doesn't poll well.

Yeesh.

Posted by: jcburns at September 27, 2005 05:15 PM

Why am I not surprised to read this?

Posted by: mademoiselle a. at September 28, 2005 09:56 AM

I'm never surprised anymore, which is terribly depressing. Now I just wonder how much worse things will get.

Posted by: Lady Crumpet at September 28, 2005 10:11 AM