Terrorists worldwide wold like nothing more then to see America out-of-fuel. Without a comprehensive energy program that both promotes alternate fuels and exploits our domestic supplies of oil & NG (as proposed during both the Clinton & Bush administrations and defeated by democratic block-voting), the SPR is our only buffer. I am certain that is the energy bill was passed in 2002, we would not be looking at $44/bl oil and $6 NG. In my opinion, Bush is practicing the Republican norm of saving and investing for tomorrow, rather then the Democratic norm of instant gratification.
I've got a good feeling about the upcoming Republican National Convention. Look for them to layout the Bush plan in detail and compare it to the Kerry Plan of "fel-good" promises. How Kerry is going to grow the manufacturing sector, in this environment of diminishing & expensive energy, is beyond me.