. May 6, 2006 SouthAmerica: Last Sunday I did watch Meet the Press with Tim Russert and some of the people that he interviewed were a waste of time such as the Secretary of Energy Samuel Bodman and American Petroleum Institute President & CEO Red Cavaney these guys were in âLa La Landâ during the interview. Tim Russert mentioned the Brazilian Ethanol program and they talked about it for a minute but most of these guys were clueless by the difference of producing Ethanol from corn and sugar cane and so onâ¦. I am amazed by the level of incompetence of most cabinet members of the Bush administration â were George W. Bush found his crew? I would not be surprised if Samuel Bodman came from a company that sells energy drinks. Maybe when Bush asked him if he wanted to be Secretary of Energy â he thought that had something to do with caffeine, vitamins, Ginseng, and so on. Today, that man still confused regarding his responsibilities. I was watching that program and all I could do was shake my head and wonder how come the American people let this country get to the point that we are today. I know the Bush administration is in the mode of firing some people to shake things up â They can add the name of Samuel Bodman to that list in my opinion. Brazil has been distributing Ethanol all around Brazil for over 30 years â and Samuel Bodman said that Americans canât figure out how to distribute Ethanol were needed around the United States. (What a Jackass) If you are so stupid here in the US â why donât you hire a Brazilian company to do the distribution for you inside the United States? They know how to do it. ******** Here I am quoting just a little from the transcript of that program. April 30, 2006 â Meet the Press with Tim Russert A special program on gas prices with Sec. of Energy Samuel Bodman, American Petroleum Institute Pres. & CEO Red Cavaney, CNBC's Jim Cramer; Asst. Dem. Leader Sen. Dick Durbin, D-IL, & author & energy analyst Daniel Yergin. MR. TIM RUSSERT: Our issues this Sunday: This is a special edition. Why are gasoline prices going up and up and up? And what must America do to ensure we have the energy supply we need? With us, for the full hour, the secretary of energy, Samuel Bodman; the president and CEO of the American Petroleum Institute, Red Cavaney; the host of CNBCâs âMad Money,â Jim Cramer; the assistant Democratic leader, Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois; and the author of âThe Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money and Power, NBC energy analyst Daniel Yergin. MR. RUSSERT: Welcome, all. A lot to talk about this morning. And letâs start, weâve been talking to folks all across the country about their concerns, and this is what we found out in our NBC/Wall Street Journal poll. Which concernsâcauses you most concern? $3 per gallon gasoline, 45 percent of Americans say that is their number one concern; more than a nuclear Iran, 33; illegal immigration, 26; civil disorder in Iraq, 23. Gas is on peopleâs minds. Who do you blame? Whoâs responsible for the high gas prices? Oil companies, say 37 percent of Americans; 22 percent say oil-producing nations; 15 say George Bush; consumers blame themselves, 8 percent; federal regulations, 6 percent; U.S. Congress, 4 percent; automobile manufacturers, 2 percent. Secretary of energy, why has gasoline gone up at the pump 60 cents in a month? MR. SAMUEL BODMAN: First, oil prices have gone up, Tim. And thatâs been a, a situation that weâve been dealing with over the last, basically, year and a half. The suppliers have lost control of the market and, therefore, demand is, isâexceeds supply, and itâs a real issue? MR. RUSSERT: Why? Why? How have they lost control of the market? Why, why has oil gone up? MR. BODMAN: The oil has gone up because the suppliers are unable to make the kind of demand to make the flows equal to the demand. So weâve got demand coming from China, from India, from the United States. â¦ MR. BODMAN: We used four billion gallons of ethanol last year in, in our country. Itâs expanding in its availability by 40 percent this year. So we have a supply of ethanol that I believe will be commensurate with the demands. What we have is a difficulty in, in the transportation, the movement of ethanol throughout our country. Most of it is made in Senator Durbinâs home, home state and surrounding areas in the Midwest, and the issue therefore is we need to get ethanol to areas where we need reformulated gasoline which is what ethanol is used for and that is the East Coast, that is the major metropolitan areas in Texas as well as the West Coast. And weâve got to have ways of transporting the material there. .