SOTU Energy Promises

Sweeet Jesuss George, why couldn’t you have said this six years ago! Now lets see the specific targets: Are you willing to offend Bob Lutz and your oil friends with substantial CAFE standard increases? Will you have the guts to get Yucca Mountain open? Will you push for consumer taxes on gasoline and penalties for wasteful personal vehicles? Will you push carbon cap and trade legislation? Will you build carbon-offsets into pump prices or vehicle license fees? Will you stop the massive new coal plants being built in Texas? Will you repeal the huge oil subsidies in the form of underpriced oil leases on federal lands? Will you repeal the horribly wasteful corn ethanol subsidies to encourage cellulose ethanol production? Will you get rid of the protectionist tax on imported ethanol which comes from friendly Brazil? What tax credits are you willing to provide for wind, solar, and geothermal development?

Why not have a stated goal to end ALL foreign oil dependency?

We’ll see, George, we’ll see…

George W. Bush, State of the Union address, January 23, 2007:

…Extending hope and opportunity depends on a
stable supply of energy that keeps America’s economy running and
America’s environment clean. For too long our Nation has been dependent
on foreign oil. And this dependence leaves us more vulnerable to
hostile regimes, and to terrorists – who could cause huge disruptions
of oil shipments … raise the price of oil … and do great harm to
our economy.

It is in our vital interest to diversify America’s energy
supply – and the way forward is through technology. We must continue
changing the way America generates electric power – by even greater use
of clean coal technology … solar and wind energy … and clean, safe
nuclear power. We need to press on with battery research for plug-in
and hybrid vehicles, and expand the use of clean diesel vehicles and
biodiesel fuel. We must continue investing in new methods of producing
ethanol – using everything from wood chips, to grasses, to agricultural

We have made a lot of progress, thanks to good policies in
Washington and the strong response of the market. Now even more
dramatic advances are within reach. Tonight, I ask Congress to join me
in pursuing a great goal. Let us build on the work we have done and
reduce gasoline usage in the United States by 20 percent in the next
ten years – thereby cutting our total imports by the equivalent of
three-quarters of all the oil we now import from the Middle East.

To reach this goal, we must increase the supply of
alternative fuels, by setting a mandatory Fuels Standard to require 35
billion gallons of renewable and alternative fuels in 2017 – this is
nearly five times the current target. At the same time, we need to
reform and modernize fuel economy standards for cars the way we did for
light trucks – and conserve up to eight and a half billion more gallons
of gasoline by 2017.

Achieving these ambitious goals will dramatically reduce our
dependence on foreign oil, but will not eliminate it. So as we continue
to diversify our fuel supply, we must also step up domestic oil
production in environmentally sensitive ways. And to further protect
America against severe disruptions to our oil supply, I ask Congress to
double the current capacity of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.

America is on the verge of technological breakthroughs that will enable
us to live our lives less dependent on oil. These technologies will
help us become better stewards of the environment – and they will help
us to confront the serious challenge of global climate change…

This is an example of a President who has been in denial. Now he’s being dragged kicking and screaming into reality. This happened for three reasons:

  1. Powerful private industry groups are way ahead of him on climate change–they want to ensure a level playing field when the inevitable regs are written–at the same time cleantech and greentech are becoming a factor in U.S. competitiveness.
  2. Public awareness of climate change has reached a tipping point, thanks in part to An Inconvenient Truth.
  3. Fuel prices are completely out of U.S. control, threatening the economy, national security, and the popularity of any sitting president.

Comments (3 comments)

Abogada de la diabla / January 28th, 2007, 10:25 am / #1

Thanks for commenting on climate change and the president. I guess it remains to be seen whether his catch-all laundry list of alternative technologies will actually get his blessing and backing. Also, I find it telling that he uses the words “verge of technological breakthroughs” as if the technology were not already here to take a big chunk out of our fossil fuel use.

a / February 6th, 2007, 5:50 pm / #2

Look at this:

Cadillac’s “cute” guerrilla marketing campaign via youtube.

What the thunderous herd of the USA needs is a southern Christian to campaign for electric cars.

BlackSun / February 10th, 2007, 4:36 pm / #3

Good campaign for Cadillac. Sure she has justification for hauling a lot of stuff around.

But she could do the same thing in a Prius or electric car with a little trailer for the stuff. Also, I’d venture to guess that 95% of the time the back of that Escalade is EMPTY. So for the 5% of the time it’s actually used, she’s spewing out triple the C02 she needs to all year long.

This is why gas needs to stop being subsidized, so that people think about what they actually need. Her “bling” comment at the end was what Escalades are all about anyway.

We are so spoiled here in the US.

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