The Tyranny of Oil


My friend Jeffrey Theodore noted last night that when talking about energy in his victory speech last night, Barack Obama spoke of ending the tyranny of oil rather than the more conventional “tyranny of foreign oil.” I thought maybe that was just an ad-lib or a slip, but it’s a line he’s used before.

It’s a small thing, but it’s a much better way of framing the issue than the conventional xenophobic line that’s less economically and environmentally accurate.

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