President Bush grew up in Midland and spent 11 years as a West Texas oilman, albeit without much success, before entering politics. Vice President Dick Cheney had been chief executive of the oil field contractor Halliburton. The Bush administration worked from the start on finding ways to unlock the nation’s energy reserves and reverse decades of declining output, with Mr. Cheney leading a White House energy task force that met in secret with top oil executives.The article also reports that Obama continued these policies, to the upset of the environmentalists that helped elect him.
“Ramping up production was a high priority,” said Gale Norton, a member of the task force and the secretary of the Interior at the time. “We hated being at the mercy of other countries, and we were determined to change that.”
Saturday, March 24, 2012
You see stuff like this, and you wonder if someone is putting LSD in the water coolers at the New York Times. From the March 23, 2012 New York Times: