The Candidates, Gassing
Bush, who isn't concerned about global warming or conservation, is freer to change his mind and support a cheap energy policy. But he should at least convert openly, admitting that cheap gas was about the last thing he wanted as a businessman and politician in Texas. The governor should also stop trying to pin the blame for high gas prices on the current administration, which he says has failed to make OPEC feel guilty for charging so much. Clinton and Gore deserve no more blame for OPEC's policies than Bush does for Mobil's and Exxon's. And as Timothy Noah writes here and here, it's not misbehavior by OPEC or by the oil companies that explains high gas prices the Midwest. "I believe in the free market, in good times and bad," Bush wrote in his book, A Charge To Keep. "Government should not try to control the price of a commodity." Does he really think that, or did it just sound good at the time?
Illustration by Robert Neubecker.