“If Congress is truly interested in solving the problem, they can send the right signal by saying we’re going to explore for oil and gas in the U.S. territories,” starting with the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Bush said.
The Energy Department, Bush said, estimates the wildlife preserve could yield a million barrels of oil a day — enough to make 27 million gallons of gasoline and diesel fuel.
“That would be about a 20 percent increase of … crude oil production over U.S. levels, and it would likely mean lower gas prices,” Bush said. “And yet such efforts to explore in ANWR have been consistently blocked.”
The Democrat Rahm Emanuel, from Illionois, and chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, dismissed Bush’s comments, “President Bush remains addicted to the big oil companies,” he said.
Some might argue its an addiction that makes you go “thick in the head”, as they say in Ireland.