Today on Holden’s Obsession with the Gaggle

From Holden:

Today’s gaggle was conducted aboard Air Force One while en route to Columbus, OH, where the Chimpster was to yowl about ‘Murica’s energy policy.

Little Scottie had a friend on hand today, Chairman of the Council on Environmental Quality Jim Connaughton.

Q Is the President bringing back his call for ANWR exploration today?

CHAIRMAN CONNAUGHTON: You will hear the President talk about the full range of measures that are needed in a comprehensive energy package. One of those themes is increasing our domestic supply. And the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the area that was specifically set aside for future development, is a key part of that effort to increase our domestic supply.

Q Has the dynamics of the argument changed from last year? Do you see any better chance for progress this year?

CHAIRMAN CONNAUGHTON: We are more hopeful this year than ever before.

Q Why?

CHAIRMAN CONNAUGHTON: We think there are more votes that will be lined up in favor of this, especially in the face of high gasoline prices, in the face of high natural gas prices, and the face of unprecedentedly-high coal prices.

Then, later in the gaggle…

Q The issue of SPRO, Strategic Petroleum Reserve, is always going to come up. Again Senator Schumer is having a press conference, saying you should do something about it.

MR. McCLELLAN: Well, I think the most constructive step we can take right now to address the issue of rising energy prices is to work together to finally pass a comprehensive energy strategy. In terms of — we need comprehensive solutions, not patchwork crisis management.

In terms of the SPRO, we’ve made it very clear that we do not believe it should be tapped for political purposes or to manipulate prices.

[snip]

Q So just to reiterate, in your view, high gasoline prices don’t constitute the kind of emergency — you don’t think that high gas prices at the pump constitute the kind of national emergency that would require —

MR. McCLELLAN: The Strategic Petroleum Reserve was created so that we — in the case of severe disruption of supply or an emergency situation — and those emergency situations would be something like a terrorist attack or a natural disaster or a major disruption of supply within our country. And that’s why we need to make sure it’s there for those — in the event of a situation like that. And we do not believe it should be used to try to manipulate prices, or for political purposes.

Let’s be crystal clear.

In the face of unprecedented prices at the pump for your Hummer, the Bush assministration believes that this should be preserved…

While this must be destroyed.