Dubya Pushes EVs
At the International Renewable Energy Center, President Bush was shown a modified plug-in hybrid Toyota Prius and a Mack truck with a biodiesel-friendly Volvo engine. According to The Detroit News, Bush sang the body politic electric. "We want our city people driving not on gasoline but on electricity. And the goal, the short-term goal, is to have vehicles that are capable of driving the first 40 miles on electricity." (Not coincidentally, 40 miles is the projected EV range of the Chevy Volt.) While the Prez signed an energy bill mandating 36b gallons of ethanol by 2022, he's refused to fund advanced battery research (chump change at $500m over five years). "We've got to get off oil," the former oilman pronounced. "Dependency on oil presents a real challenge to our economy." Yeah, but how about political dependency on subsidies?
@windswords: Where were you during the early 2006 SOTU address where he said we were “addicted to oil” and had to find alternatives? Let's see, probably I was picking my jaw up off the floor in dumbfounded amazement that over thirty years after the 1973 oil shock, a Republican leader had at last clued into the obvious.
I wouldn't get excited by what he says. He sat on his can for 7 years and made no attempt to assist in resolving the Palestinian issue and one day he's all wired about getting it done in his term. Since then - nothing. He's done this a number of times. I wonder at the scenario; "Mr. President, maybe you should make a statement showing you're interest in xx". "OK, I'll do that. How did you pronounce that again?" I've noticed he's very careful with enunciation of particular words and feels he has to explain their meaning to us. I've thought he that maybe he just learned these things himself and, knowing he's in the upper levels of intelligence and knowledge of the society he leads, feels compelled to teach us.
If Bush is saying we need to reduce dependency on oil, then he's well advised not to go hunting with his VP.
I said this in another post on another topic but it still applies: Never, and I really mean it... NEVER listen to what GM has to say, it is usually self serving and most likely false. And frankly, the same goes for "W". What a crock of s**t indeed.