Bush pushes wind, solar power, cutback on oil use


By Caren Bohan

GOLDEN, Colo. (Reuters) - President George W. Bush called on Tuesday for tapping renewable energy sources like wind and solar power to contend with surging energy costs but environmental groups questioned his commitment to easing U.S. oil dependence.

Bush also told employees at a key laboratory for renewable energy research that he regretted "mixed signals" that had led the Colorado facility to announce job cuts earlier this month because of budget cuts.

He visited the National Renewable Energy Laboratory a day after his administration rushed the transfer of $5 million to the lab to enable it to restore the jobs and resolve what could have been an embarrassing situation.

Democrats had cited the job cuts as a sign of lack of real commitment by the government to energy independence initiatives that Bush, a former oil company executive, announced with great fanfare in his State of the Union speech on January 31.

The stop in Golden was the last on a two-day, three-state tour on which Bush pushed his new energy approach.

"I have spent a lot of time worrying about the national security implications of being addicted to oil," Bush said. "The demand for oil is rising faster than the supply of oil. Any time that happens it creates the conditions for what could be price disruption."
No talk, costs nothing and he feels nothing towards the rest of the World.

Some Oil baron was talking after Bush's "State of the Nation" or whatever talk the last week or so...

" So there are 250 million vehicles in the USA . So they are all going to change to lard power in the next few months then ? I thnk not.
Billy goe and the rest still want POWERFUL man cars.

Even the newest green cars in the USA. The hybrid 4X4's only use their elecrtical motors to provide "more power" not for cleaner power. - And if you buy one the Govmt gives you a tax break and the manufactures can harp on how Green they are.

If I had cash I'd be bying oil shares .
Oil will be the No 1 provider of transport long after I am gone.
Must admit I am surprised that Georgei Boy is not pushing Nuclear.
Oil is behind so much of US policy in my view and will remain so for the forseable future.
To be fair to bush (as much as i hate to be), Texas has some of the largest wind turbine farms in the world. There are whole communities who live of just that.

I was in discussion with some (intelligent) americans the other week and we had an indepth discussion about the whole energy thing. IE why drive such big cars when you drive at a snails pace etc etc. Lots of economic reasons, but little atual environmental concern!


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