Mr. Bodman, the energy-wasteful United States is part of the “world.”

June 7, 2008 | By | Reply More

The Bush Administration will do anything rather than admit its own faults. The U.S. is awash in wasteful cars, SUV, suburban sprawl and energy wasteful architecture. It would seen that the oil crisis is substantially the fault of the United States. That’s not the message the U.S. recently delivered to the “world,” however:

Samuel Bodman [the U.S. Energy Secretary], attending two days of meetings in northern Japan among energy chiefs from Group of Eight industrialized countries and other top economies, said the surge in world oil prices was largely a simple problem of supply and demand.

“We’re in a difficult position where we have a lid on production and we have increasing demand in the world,” he told a small group of reporters, dismissing the effects of speculation and unclear inventory levels and other factors on oil prices.

“I would devoutly hope we … see a reduction of the use of oil in the world on the one hand, and an increase in the supply so we can see some mitigation in the pressure on price,” Bodman said.

Truly, the U.S. is part of the “world.” How about an admission to the “world” that the United States has done almost NOTHING to curtail energy use since 1974.

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Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich lives in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where he lives half-time with his two extraordinary daughters.

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