Thursday, October 1, 2009

Big Oil Sounds Alarm on Foreign Oil?

The Big Oil mouthpiece American Petroleum Institute is warning that the clean energy and climate legislation introduced yesterday by Sens. John Kerry and Barbara Boxer could -- wait for it -- increase America's dependence on foreign oil. From API's press release:
"Unfortunately, the Kerry-Boxer legislation is beginning to look a lot like the House’s Waxman-Markey bill and a loser for American consumers.

Analysis has shown Waxman-Markey would drive fuel prices up to between $4 and $5 a gallon and double our dependence on imports of gasoline and other fuels. We strongly encourage the Senate to not follow the House example.”
Hear that? Clean energy and climate legislation would double America's dependence on imports of gasoline! This warning comes from a group that flacks for big oil companies like ExxonMobil, ChevronTexaco and others -- the same folks who've spent millions to defeat clean energy and keep us hooked on failed energy policies that have... doubled our imports of foreign oil over the last two decades.

So the Big Oil playbook appears to be: (1) do whatever's best for your bottom line for decades, regardless of its implications for America's environment, economy and strategic position in the world, then (2) accuse anyone who tries to clean up your mess of trying to create.... the exact same mess.

Now, we don't spend much time with Big Oil outside of the workplace, but we're guessing if their behavior in everday social settings looks anything like their poll-tested strategy in the climate debate, it might look something like this:

Big Oil: Hey there, pretty lady. That's a great outfit! Mind if I buy you a drink?
American people: Eww, stop hitting on me!
Big Oil: No, how about YOU stop hitting on ME!

Way to be that guy, Big Oil.

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