Bipartisan coalition presses Bush to get behind oil-use reduction

Lambasting U.S. oil addiction: It’s not just for America-hating radical homosexual vegetarian Schiavo-killing eco-terrorists anymore! A growing bipartisan coalition is arguing that U.S. dependence on foreign oil is a serious national security threat. Today, a letter signed by 26 former national-security officials from both Republican and Democratic administrations is winging its way to the White House, bearing a plea for President Bush to kick off “a major new initiative to curtail U.S. consumption.” “I don’t often find myself in agreement with those at the Natural Resources Defense Council, but … I do think there is common ground,” said neocon Frank Gaffney, a former Reagan administration official. The letter was organized by the bipartisan Energy Future Coalition, which arose in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks to advocate for tighter fuel-economy standards and higher subsidies for alternative fuels. Auto-worker unions, automakers, and farming groups — traditional foes of environmental groups — are on board, perhaps more comfortable around the manly men of the national-security apparatus.