Statement by Jim Presswood, Energy Advocate, at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

In response to President Bush’s Announcement of Lifting the Executive Ban on Off-shore Drilling:
“In 2006, President Bush declared that the United States is addicted to oil. Today, he suggested we get a bigger needle.
“The disastrous pro-big oil policies of President Bush and his allies in Congress have left us more addicted to oil than ever. Americans deserve policies that free us from fossil fuels and give us better choices that will bring down our energy costs, make our air cleaner, and help solve global warming.
“We need to build a clean energy economy that includes cars that go farther on a gallon of gas. In the long term we need cars that don’t need gas at all. We must dramatically increase the energy we produce using the wind and the sun, deliver more of it to our homes using a smarter grid, and slash our energy use—and energy bills—by making our appliances, homes, schools, factories, and offices more efficient.”