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by Rodrigue Tremblay
19 June, 2010
“If ever a time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will be in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin.” — Samuel Adams (1722-1803), statesman, political philosopher, and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, 1776
“America is addicted to oil.” — President George W. Bush, State of the Union address, 2006
“Let me be clear: BP is responsible for this leak; BP will be paying the bill.” — President Barack Obama, May 2, 2010
More often than not, the consequences of public policies, good or bad, are felt many years after they have been taken. The 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is a good example. This disaster is, to a large extent, a consequence of the Bush-Cheney energy policy of 2001 and later.