Magazine article Artforum International

Diana Thater. (Hotlist)

Magazine article Artforum International

Diana Thater. (Hotlist)

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Diana Thater's exhibition "Knots + Surfaces" is currently on view at the Dia Center, New York. Based in LA, she recently traveled to Mexico to film at the El Rosarlo Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary.

IF IT FEELS LIKE TERRORISTS and the Saudis--the Middle East situation in general--are controlling America, maybe it's because our role in the region is a mess of corporate and state entanglements over oil. A self-sufficient production and delivery system based on alternative energy sources is the only thing that can deliver us from our slavery to Saudi oil, and it might even allow us to see our presence in the Middle East for what it is. But, of course, the greatest barrier between us and energy independence is our own federal government. Some things to consider:

www.energy.gov/HQPress/releases01/maypr/energy_policy.htm

On May 17, 2001, Dick Cheney and the National Energy Policy Development Group released Bush's National Energy Policy. Download the 170-page document and read for yourself. It's all there--expedited permits for drilling in America's National Parks, nuclear power termed an "alternative energy source," and increased dividend incentives for Alaska residents when Arctic National Wildlife Refuge drilling goes forward. Of the recommendations made in this report, Bush aides claim that only twenty require congressional approval, while eighty-five can be carried out by executive order alone.

www.gao.gov

The United States General Accounting Office (GAO) is the investigative arm of Congress. Its website has posted a series of reports dating back to June and culminating on September 7 with the revelation that our National Energy Policy was formulated by a group whose identities were kept secret even from Congress. On August 6 the GAO threatened Cheney with legal action if the "nature, purpose and attendees" of the policy meetings were not made public. The Washington Post first reported that the GAO is investigating whether major donors to the Republican Party were consulted on the policy. Did (the now bankrupt) Enron, Texaco, or any of the other Texas-based companies whose names crop up so often in connection with this administration take part? …

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