The First Energy President

The greatest thing George Bush could do - for President Ford's legacy and his own - would be to dedicate his coming State of the Union address to completing the energy independence agenda that Mr. Ford initiated 32 years ago in the wake of the 1973 Arab oil embargo and energy shock, writes columnist Thomas Friedman.

Published: 05-Jan-2007

Now that President Gerald Ford has been buried with all the honors he deserved, it is time to discuss a proper memorial. I would suggest the Gerald Ford Energy Independence Act.

Few people remember today, but"Gerald Ford was the first U.S. president to really use the levers of the presidency to try to break our addiction to oil," said the energy economist Philip Verleger Jr."He was way ahead of his time."

Well, his time has come again — and then some.

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