WASHINGTON -- President Bush made some moves tonight in his State of the Union speech.
His call for cutting US gasoline consumption by 20% in 10 years is not enough, but a rather significant step for him. Bush said he also wants higher fuel efficiency standards for cars, but didn't say how much.
GW said climate change (aka global warming) is a 'serious challenge.' No doubt, but nevertheless it is good to see this President finally catching on to this giant problem. It remains to be seen what his administration will really try to do about it.
Biodiesel, the fuel we use in the VW TDI, and other alternative fuels got mention.
For electricity, Bush seems to be pushing more big energy, big money, and big grid power with unsafe and expensive nuke plants and so-called 'clean' coal. There is no such thing as clean coal.
Despite all the cries about 'terrorism,' US support for nuke power provides a smokescreen excuse for nations such as Iran and North Korea to develop nuke weapons under the guise of energy production.
I am surprised the dems gave Bush so much applause. He doesn't deserve it. It helps prop up a very unpopular and out of touch man to give him too much unearned praise and backing. Many dems were nice to Bush tonight at the House, maybe too nice.
I did notice dem Presidential candiate Rep. Kucinich getting in Bush's ear as he entered the room, then again on the way out!
Sen. Webb (D-VA) was not nice to GW in the dem response speech. Webb's closing line of 'or we'll show him the way' was hard and on target.
I spotted Rep. Grijalva twice, but didn't see Giffords, at least not on the PBS cameras. Sen. McCain was scowling, and Kyl back slapping.