Former President George
Bush speaks to a crowd gathered for the recreation of the
Spindletop gusher, 100 years to the minute after the
historic oil find. The 1901 gusher proved that oil, until a
minor energy source, existed in quantities massive enough to
fuel the ongoing Industrial Revolution.
Before George Bush became interested in public service and
politics, he embarked - successfully - on a career in the
oil industry of West Texas.