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Monday, October 03, 2005
By Yokota Fritz

Bikes racks installed at the White House

Energy Hog
The same administration that said "conservation may be a sign of personal virtue, but it is not a sufficient basis ... for sound, comprehensive energy policy" is now telling Americans to use less energy.

The U.S. Department of Energy followed up on President Bush's comments last week to conserve gas and ordering the Federal Government to conserve energy. The DoE is using the Alliance to Save Energy's "Energy Hog" mascot to get the word out to save energy.

"Individual action from every American can add up to a tremendous collective effort and can produce significant results," said Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman. With natural gas prices about double the level of last winter, specialists say that cuts in demand could moderate prices.

To set an example, the White House was “pitching in” by switching off lights, adjusting air-conditioning, urging staff to cycle to work and by sending a Cabinet Secretary by train, rather than an aircraft, from Washington to New York. Mr Bush has ordered federal employees to curb their travel and encouraged them to use public transport. Bicycle racks are being installed in the parking bay of the White House.

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I just thought I'd share this, from Democratic Underground:

Last week Our Great Leader made a pitiful attempt to rally the nation in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. "We can all pitch in by using - by being better conservers of energy," he said. Ha ha! You must be joking, right?

This is the guy who last week made his SEVENTH trip to the gulf coast region aboard Air Force One in search of just one more photo-op that would at least make it look like he was doing something. And flying on Air Force One ain't cheap - apparently it costs $6,029 per hour in fuel expenses alone.

George W. Bush has been in the pockets of the oil companies since day one, and now he's finally getting around to making the meek suggestion that Americans should perhaps do more to conserve fuel. Yeah right. It's all in a day's work for George "Do As I Say Not As I Do" Bush.

Happy Trails,
Ron Georg
Moab, Utah
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