Maybe if George Bush hadn't invaded Iraq and driven up gas to $2.40 a gallon already, a storm like Rita wouldn't turn us into a third world country. From AP:
HEADLINE: Georgia governor asks state's schools to close to save gasIs this really what our country has come to? We don't even have enough gas to educate our children.
Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue asked the state's schools to take two "early snow days" and cancel classes Monday and Tuesday to help conserve gasoline as Hurricane Rita threatens the nation's fuel supply line.
If all of Georgia's schools close, the governor estimated about 250,000 gallons of diesel fuel would be saved each day by keeping buses off the road.
The governor also said an undetermined amount of regular gasoline also would be saved by allowing teachers, other school staff members and some parents to stay home those days. Electricity also would be conserved by keeping the schools closed.
Tim Callahan, spokesman for the 61,000-member Professional Association of Georgia Educators, said he worried Perdue's announcement would only prompt panic-buying at the pumps in the days ahead.
"I wonder if it's going to create the type of panic that we saw a few weeks back that drove prices over $3," said Callahan, referring to the long gas lines and record-high prices that came in the days following Hurricane Katrina.
I guess ALL children will be left behind. Thank you George Bush.
I do have one question for the President: If you stayed at the White House, instead of trolling around for photo ops, do you think that the gas saved flying Air Force One could be used to help educate our children Mr. President? While jet fuel and diesel fuel aren't the same, I'm sure that you could do your part to keep down national demand for petroleum products by STAYING AT THE WHITE HOUSE AND DOING YOUR JOB.