Josh Marshall draws attention to a briefing by National Economic Council Director Al Hubbard on President Bush’s new four-point energy plan for covering his ass lowering gas prices. It’s hard to pick the most pathetic, revealing part. Josh’s favorite has to do with a comparison between Iraq’s oil and the oil in the Arctic Refuge. But I think this brief exchange takes the cake:

Q Has the White House considered any sort — has the White House considered any sort of wider conservation campaign to reduce demand?

DIRECTOR HUBBARD: Well, we announced during Katrina a commitment to — for conservation measures in the government, and that commitment has not declined at all — I mean, has continued to exist. And, again, we encourage all Americans to think about conservation as they go about their daily lives.

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