The word from EXXON today in a nutshell, bend over and share the lubricant. In a statement today the worlds second most powerfull nation told the rest of the world that our "addiction" is uncureable so we better just get used to it. Here is the unabridged version per Rueters:
Sayeth a top Exxon Mobil Corp:
"Realistically, it is simply not feasible in any time period relevant to our discussion today," Exxon Mobil Senior Vice President Stuart McGill said, referring to what he called the "misperception" that the United States can achieve energy independence.
"Huggy Bear" McGill may be leaving himself some wiggle room but I think it's safe to interpret "any time period relevant to our discussion today" as, at least the lifetimes of our childrens children. Hate it when little people get these "misconceptions".
The comments, in a speech at an energy conference in Houston, come a few days after U.S. President George W. Bush declared America was addicted to Middle Eastern oil and promised to help the country kick the habit.
Many in the United States believe America should wean itself off oil imports from the Middle East, fearing it makes the country dangerously dependent on an unstable region.
The world's largest publicly traded oil company, however, says hoping to end foreign oil imports is not only a bad idea, but also impossible."
Perhaps Rueter should have reversed that last sentenced to read, "is not only an impossible idea but a bad one" Yeah, real bad if you are the world's largest corporation and all you know how to do is sell foreign oil to Americans. Real bad idea. But the pusher-man has some good ideas:
Instead of trying to achieve energy independence, importing nations like the U.S. should be promoting energy interdependence, McGill said.
"Because we are all contributing to and drawing from the same pool of oil, all nations -- exporting and importing -- are inextricably bound to one another in the energy marketplace,"
In other words, as long as there's enough lubricating oil EXXON will be more than happy to keep pumping us real good. They sure know how to treat a bitch, now don't they?