As individuals and as families, few of us can produce energy by ourselves. But all of us can conserve energy--every one of us, every day of our lives. Tonight I call on you--in fact, all the people of America--to help our Nation. Conserve energy. Eliminate waste. Make 2006 indeed a year of energy conservation.Words spoken by our president? Well -- yes, if the year were 1980 and you were listening to Jimmy Carter. However, there's little chance of our current leader speaking these words -- at least with a straight face.
And why won't he speak them? Two reasons:
1- He personally doesn't believe in conservation... Interesting for a "conservative"... Deep down I think Bush believes its our right as Americans to use the world's dwindling resources as though we were the planets only inhabitants.
2- The message doesn't sell. The American people want their cake... cheap. Most really don't want a leader that will change our way of life -- however modestly.
Problem is, if we don't wake up and change our ways we'll find ourselves on a crash course with the environment, China, India and the rest of the world.
Bush is doing his best to precipitate a show-down with all of those 'forces'.