John Kerry on the Energy Bill: “The President’s Own Economists Found That This Policy Will Cause Foreign Oil Imports to Increase”

President Bush signed the pork laden Energy Bill today “that provides billions of dollars in tax subsidies to energy companies, yet does little quickly to ease gas prices or lower America’s reliance on foreign oil.”

John Kerry issued the following statement today on the Energy Policy Act of 2005, which was signed into law this afternoon:

“America’s energy problems are serious, and the president’s energy policy will do almost nothing to solve them. It is another missed opportunity, when politics beats out good policy.

“Instead of reducing our dangerous dependence on oil, protecting our environment and strengthening our economy, this policy gives billions of dollars go to the oil, gas and nuclear industries.

“Americans will be able to judge the real world success of this energy policy every day at the pump. They won’t be fooled. Washington failed the American people on this one. Whether it’s consumers at the pump, troops risking their lives to protect pipelines around the world, businesses struggling to survive or kids breathing dirty air, nearly everyone got the short end of the stick.

“The President’s own economists found that this policy will cause foreign oil imports to increase, and it will only have a ‘negligible’ impact on gas prices.

“Its greatest failure is that it ignores our dependence on foreign oil and how that entangles us with nations who would do us harm. Today, America spends more than $200,000 per minute on foreign oil – $13 million per hour. We send more than $25 billion a year to the Persian Gulf alone. It’s bad enough to think these dollars won’t help grow our economy. It’s worse to consider how oil money flows to regimes that work against us or do too little to stop hatred and terrorism.

“It’s time to tap America’s strength – our markets, our invention, our innovation and our values – to control our own destiny. While there are bound to be some good things in a bill this size, this is a missed opportunity. We need to foster an energy revolution that benefits our environment, our economy and our security. This energy policy doesn’t even come close.”

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About Pamela Leavey

Pamela Leavey is the Editor in Chief, Owner/Publisher of The Democratic Daily as well as a freelance writer and photographer. Pamela holds a certificate in Contemporary Communications from UMass Lowell, a Journalism Certificate from UMass Amherst and a B.A. in Creative Writing and Digital Age Communications from UMass Amherst UWW.
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4 Responses to John Kerry on the Energy Bill: “The President’s Own Economists Found That This Policy Will Cause Foreign Oil Imports to Increase”

  1. V. Phillips says:

    Why didn’t Sen. Kerry take a stand on U.S. dependence on foreign oil *while* he was running for the presidency?

  2. V. Phillips

    He did on countless occassions. Unfortunately the MSM never gave it much coverage. Likewise a lot of people weren’t paying attention.

    Here’s a few links for you:

    John Kerry Delivers Democratic Radio Address to the Nation – October 30, 2004:

    A Fresh Start: Science and Innovation – October 21, 2004:

    “The Fundamental Choice” – 08/24/2004:

    Energy Independence – October 11, 2004:

    Kerry Statement on Impact of Gas Prices on Middle Class and Saudi Gas Pledge – 04/19/2004:

    Statement from Kerry on OPEC’s Decision Today – March 31, 2004:

    John Kerry Says Apollo Project is the Kind of Strategy We Need to Achieve True Energy Independence – January 14, 2004:

    Project Vote Smart has all of Kerry’s speeches and statements during the campaign. There are over 75 speeches and statements listed that he references the U.S. dependence on foreign oil, and talks about Bush’s ties to big oil.

  3. Ron Chusid says:

    I see Pamela gave several links. I don’t think we can fault the media here. Kerry was often quoted calling for energy independence.

  4. Ron

    I do think the media prefered to give more coverage to other issues most of the time. Regardless, JK did talk about it frequently and those of us involved with the campaign closely remember that.