Or­well will be proud

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES -

So Trump de­voted a week to en­ergy—per­haps to tweet louder? There should, how­ever, be no con­fu­sion as to real-world facts show­ing that the U.S. im­ports half (10.1 mil­lion bar­rels per day) of its daily oil needs (19.6 mil­lion bar­rels per day). In other words, we must “im­port” all the oil that we “ex­port” (5.19 mil­lion bar­rels per day), as in rob­bing Peter to pay Paul.

This is a far cry from en­ergy in­de­pen­dence and what a re­cent Bloomberg ar­ti­cle touted as “surg­ing ex­ports … af­ter decades of re­ly­ing on for­eign en­ergy sup­plies.” Fur­ther­more, it states that “the U.S. is on the brink of be­com­ing a net en­ergy ex­porter” when in fact half of ev­ery gal­lon con­sumed is im­ported from over­seas!

In my hum­ble opin­ion, this is a fine ex­am­ple of Or­wellian dou­ble­s­peak com­bined with cre­ative ac­count­ing. PETER TRABANT Hot Springs Vil­lage

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