Uploaded on Jan 28, 2012
Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood speaking to students at Virginia Commonwealth University on Jan. 25, 2012. Recorded and reported by VCU Broadcast Journalism students Kristine Hadeed and Jalisa House for VCU InSight.
In the last question of the hour-long meeting, VCU Social Justice junior Vicente Gonzalez asked LaHood a question which referenced an earlier comment by the Secretary regarding future government standards for automobile oil efficiency.
"I was wondering," said Gonzalez, "you said that by 2025 the deal is to have 50 mile-per-gallon [automobiles]?"
"Fifty-four, yeah," said LaHood.
"Well, if we're expected to exhaust all the world's oil reserves within the next 25, 30-ish years, then why is gasoline being discussed in these negotiations at all?" asked Gonzalez.
LaHood responded, "There's an unlimited supply of oil in many countries around the world."
Amidst murmuring and laughter from the audience, Gonzalez said, "Seriously? So you're saying the supply of gasoline will never end? That it's unlimited?"
"Absolutely. Absolutely." said LaHood. "Now, some of these countries aren't our friends, others are." After saying oil would not run out in the student's or his lifetime, LaHood said, "We're not going to run out of gas. We're not going to run out of oil for a long, long, long time."
Lastly, LaHood said, "Many countries have an unlimited supply."
Read the full transcript at the VCU InSight website, http://insight.vcu.edu.
VCU InSight is the TV news program produced by undergraduate broadcast journalism students in the School of Mass Communications at Virginia Commonwealth University. It airs on WCVW-TV Richmond PBS, a Community Ideas station.