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Old 03-23-2013, 07:23 PM   #151
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Originally Posted by RNR View Post
Not really looking for a fight, however I do find it humorous that gas prices were directly blamed on Bush but now are dismissed as out of the presidents control. Nancy and crew posing in front of gas signs at $1.90 blabbing how out raged they were. Also anyone thinking Obama is doing a better job that Bush is a total buffoon~
I've always blamed it on speculation. And I believe that something should be done to curb that.

However, my issue with the Bush Administration and the oil industry is that they were so wed to the industry that oil interests trumped all else. Everything from domestic to foreign policy catered to the industry.

I took issue with the deregulation of the industry. I disapproved of the exemptions from the Clean Water Act, The Clean Drinking Water Act, The Clean Air Act, and the Superfund Act. Those are inexcusable policies.

Much of the ill-will regarding the Bush Administration and the oil industry has to do with the top-secret Energy Task Force Meetings. Much of what ensued during the Bush years had its genesis there, with Dick Cheney calling the shots. The invasion and occupation of Iraq is seen by many to be a boondoggle for the industry. The fact that Halliburton seemed to be the biggest beneficiary of the Bush Administration doesn't help the perception.

So those are some of the reasons that many believe the Bush Administration endorsed the enrichment of the industry at the expense of the country and the people.
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