quotations about oil
Oil prices jumped to well over $100 a barrel, and analysts say it's due to tension in the Middle East. So, luckily, it's just a temporary thing.
JAY LENO, The Tonight Show, February 21, 2012
The use of solar energy has not been opened up because the oil industry does not own the sun.
RALPH NADER, Loose Talk
What's going to happen is, very soon, we're going to run out of petroleum, and everything depends on petroleum. And there go the school buses. There go the fire engines. The food trucks will come to a halt. This is the end of the world.
KURT VONNEGUT, JR., Rolling Stone, August 24, 2006
Whoever controls oil controls much more than oil.
JOHN MCCAIN, speech, June 17, 2008
The oil industry says that if they are allowed to drill more, they can create a million jobs. Of course, most of those jobs would be cleaning oil off of ducks.
CONAN O'BRIEN, Conan, September 7, 2011
We are the addicts, the oil producers are the pushers.
THOMAS FRIEDMAN, attributed, Commodities: 50 Things You Really Need To Know
Oil is a lousy investment because it isn't an investment. It's just a bet--and it's a bet with a ticking time bomb attached to it.
DAN DICKER, Oil's Endless Bid: Taming the Unreliable Price of Oil to Secure Our Economy
Faced with our addiction to oil, what does our leadership say? Get more of it! Strange when you consider their answer to drug dependence is to cut off the supply.
BILL MAHER, When You Ride Alone You Ride With Bin Laden
My formula for success? Rise early, work late, strike oil.
JEAN PAUL GETTY, As I See It
We must proceed with our own energy development. Exploitation of domestic petroleum and natural gas potentialities, along with nuclear, solar, geothermal, and non-fossil fuels is vital. We will never again permit any foreign nation to have Uncle Sam over a barrel of oil.
GERALD R. FORD, speech, January 26, 1974
Because we are now running out of gas and oil, we must prepare quickly for a third change, to strict conservation and to the use of coal and permanent renewable energy sources, like solar power.
JIMMY CARTER, televised speech, April 18, 1977
Our enemies are fully aware that they can use oil as a weapon against America. And if we don't take this threat as seriously as the bombs they build or the guns they buy, we will be fighting the War on Terror with one hand tied behind our back.
BARACK OBAMA, speech, February 28, 2006
If Europe's example is any guide, here are the two secrets of coping with expensive oil: own fuel-efficient cars, and don't drive them too much.
PAUL KRUGMAN, "Stranded in Suburbia", New York Times, May 19, 2008
Why are politicians so eager to pin the blame for oil prices on speculators? Because it lets them believe that we don't have to adapt to a world of expensive gas.
PAUL KRUGMAN, "Fuels on the Hill", New York Times, June 27, 2008
Officials at BP have filed for permits to drill for oil again in the Gulf of Mexico. They say the oil is easier to find than ever because its mostly on top of the water.
CONAN O'BRIEN, Conan, 2011
Oil they would buy from anyone. From Satan.
CHRISTOPHER BUCKLEY, Florence of Arabia
The angry men know that this golden age (of fossil fuels) has gone; but they cannot find the words for the constraints they hate. Clutching their copies of Atlas Shrugged, they flail around, accusing those who would impede them of communism, fascism, religiosity, misanthropy, but knowing at heart that these restrictions are driven by something far more repulsive to the unrestrained man: the decencies we owe to other human beings.
GEORGE MONBIOT, Monbiot, December 14, 2009
Let me tell you something that we Israelis have against Moses. He took us 40 years through the desert in order to bring us to the one spot in the Middle East that has no oil.
GOLDA MEIR, New York Times, June 1973
The world petroleum story is one of the most inhuman known to man: in it, elementary moral and social principles are jeered at. If powerful oil trusts no longer despoil and humiliate our country it is not because these predators have become human, but because we have won a hard-fought battle which has been going on since the beginning of the century.
MUHAMMAD REZA PAHLAVI, The Shah's Story
Oil creates the illusion of a completely changed life, life without work, life for free. Oil is a resource that anaesthetises thought, blurs vision, corrupts.
RYSZARD KAPUSCINSKI, Shah of Shahs