This guy Cheney, isn't he supposed to be the brains of the outfit? Dean Martin to W's Jerry Lewis? Rowan to the prez's Martin? [Insert more up-to-date cultural reference here. Probably something to do with rap groups or video games.] This ain't no comedy act. It's definitely not a Laugh In.
At first they were telling us that conservation wouldn't solve the energy crisis. Now the veep tells us that conservation caused the energy crisis. That's rich. (And so is he, which is why conservation is a bad word... but conservative isn't. Go figure.)
Does Cheney know how ugly it sounds when he says that we have to preserve the "American lifestyle"? What he means by that, of course, is consumption on demand, without regard to depleting resources. If that's the American lifestyle, we should be ashamed to admit it.
In order to preserve the American lifestyle we need more sources of power, stealing the future of the planet so that we can be lazy and comfortable today. We mustn't be asked to give up anything, whether we need it or not. And we couldn't possibly ask auto makers to design more fuel-efficient light trucks and SUVs. In fact, the Bush folks won't even talk to Senator Feinstein of California, because she intends to bring that subject up.