Saturday, July 11, 2009

Blast From The Past

I found this NYT article from the 2000 campaign last year when I was looking for information about McCain's at the time non-existent energy policy, and I like to revist it from time to time.
Gov. George W. Bush outlined a wide-ranging energy plan today that called for more domestic fuel production, better relations with foreign oil suppliers and opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for drilling, all of which he framed as potential remedies for rising oil and gas prices.

Mr. Bush said the plan, which also included incentives for developing alternative energy sources and clean-burning fuels, reflected his determination to limit the country's vulnerability to the international oil market and to avert escalating prices and energy shortages.


"They have had seven and a half years to develop a sound energy policy," Mr. Bush said. "They have had every chance to avoid the situation that confronts us today. And now they have nothing but excuses, bad ideas and -- as the clock runs out -- one last ploy."

I think of it every time that brilliant policy wonk Newt Gingrich chants about drilling. It's just one of many policy areas where the Republican party refuses to engage on any substantive level.