Ever grateful to the oil bigwigs who made him financially whole while lavishly supporting the GOP ticket, [Dick] Cheney barely took up his new civic responsibility before launching a war on energy conservation. In his words, the commitment to conservation, endorsed by a long line of presidents of both parties, was valuable primarily as therapy for tree-huggers: "Conservation may be a sign of personal virtue, but it is not a sufficient basis for a sound, comprehensive energy policy."
[George] Bush said Americans should conserve more gasoline in response to the crisis and said he expected Saudi Arabia to do "everything they can" to provide more oil. He said eight refineries are down in the Gulf and "it's going to take a while" to get them going again.
"I would hope Americans conserve if given a choice," he said.
It's purely amazing what a massive natural disaster, indescribable destruction, hundreds if not thousands of dead and hundreds of thousands of homeless will do to your perspective, isn't it?
BY THE WAY, just in case you start getting any ideas, from that same article:
President Bush warned Thursday against price-gouging of gasoline in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and said looters should be treated with zero tolerance.
"I think there ought to be zero tolerance of people breaking the law during an emergency such as this, whether it be looting, or price-gouging at the gasoline pump or taking advantage of charitable giving, or insurance fraud," Bush said in an interview on ABC's "Good Morning America."
That's right, we won't tolerate any fraud or corruption or dishonesty here. That would be wrong.