Friday, April 28, 2006

The missing pieces in the oil crisis 'puzzle' - Empiricum Op-Ed

The other day George W. Bush presented to the nation his so-called 4-Point Plan to solve the the skyrocketing oil prices amid a growing anxiety and uneasiness of the American people exacerbated by the reported record-breaking earnings of the big oil companies.

Bush's 4-Point Plan is not even worth repeating in this article because it misses the entire point.

The following is EMPIRICUM's own alternative 4-Point Plan which, if adopted and implemented, will definitely produce positive results:

1. The National Energy Policy Development Group (NEPDG), commonly known as Cheney's Energy Task Force, should disclose to the American people all documents, including transcripts of its deliberations and its adopted policies and conclusions.

2. Disclosure by the NEPDG is not enough. The Bush administration must immediately discontinue each and every adopted NEPDG policy as the same is already proven by current events to be ineffective and detrimental to the interests of the American people, albeit beneficial to the oil companies.

3. The Bush administration must adopt a more sincere, meaningful and friendlier DIPLOMATIC approach with Iran and Venezuela, instead of military threats and economic sanctions, with the view of having these countries become a major oil supplier to the US at a more reasonable price.

4. Excepting national emergencies, ground Air Force One and all government aircrafts for a period of time until the oil crisis is solved and stabilized.

The following are links that could provide the readers additional information on Cheney's Energy Task Force:

Energy Task Force - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

FindLaw's Writ - Dean: GAO's Final Energy Task Force Report Reveals that the Vice President Made A False Statement to Congress

Document Says Oil Chiefs Met With Cheney Task Force

High court to debate Cheney's energy task force - Tom Curry -

It should be noted, parenthetically, that the High court sided with Cheney on the matter, unfortunately. It is for this reason that the American people should come out with a unanimous voice to pressure the Bush administration to disclose what Cheney has been keeping secret. What is in those documents? Something embarrassing? Something illegal? Is this an integral part of the Iraq Plan? Whatever it is, Bush and Cheney should come out clean!

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