TPM Reader PON
finds this exchange from White House National Economic Council Director Al Hubbard's briefing
yesterday on the president's 'Four Point Energy Plan' ...
Q Just to follow up, though, on one element of that point. The President made the point that had ANWR been approved ten years ago, you'd get about a million barrels a day. Had the Iraq production resumed to the level that had been projected before the war, how much would that contribute today?
DIRECTOR HUBBARD: I actually don't know the precise answer to that. What's really most important, though, is that we've become less reliable on overseas sources of crude oil and other sources of energy, and more reliant on energy from within our 50 states [sic].
Q You have no estimate, though, about what Iraqi production could be?
DIRECTOR HUBBARD: I do not have it.
MR. HENNESSEY: We can get back to you.
DIRECTOR HUBBARD: Yes, we can get back to you with that, or --
Q That would be useful. I mean, just -- obviously, since the President has chosen one interesting example in ANWR, the Iraq one would be an interesting one to compare it to, whether that would be more or less than a billion -- a million a day.
DIRECTOR HUBBARD: Yes, we will have to get back to you on that.
Can I get back to you on that? Can I leave now?