Saturday, April 5, 2008

Gusher of Lies - New York Times

Gusher of Lies - Robert Bryce - First Chapter - New York Times

"Americans love independence.

Whether it’s financial independence, political independence, the Declaration of Independence, or grilling hotdogs on Independence Day, America’s self-image is inextricably bound to the concepts of freedom and autonomy. The promises laid out by the Declaration — life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness — are the shared faith and birthright of all Americans.

Alas, the Founding Fathers didn’t write much about gasoline.

Nevertheless, over the past 30 years or so — and particularly over the past 3 or 4 years — American politicians have been talking as though Thomas Jefferson himself warned about the dangers of imported crude oil. Every U.S. president since Richard Nixon has extolled the need for energy independence."...

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