Bush’s full comments about America’s oil addiction
I disagreed with President Bush’s decision to go to war in Iraq. And I think I disagree with some comments in his recent State of the Union Address. But that doesn’t mean I disagree with him about **everything** (and that’s an important principle: don’t demonize people, don’t seem them as all good or all bad; avoid this fallacy: because I disagree with X about a, then I must disagree with X about b, c, d…).
You might have heard the soundbite on the News that “America is addicted to oil” but here’s a more complete list of what he said.
Selections from George W. Bush’s State of the Union Address.
“Keeping America competitive requires affordable energy. And here we have a serious problem: America is addicted to oil, which is often imported from unstable parts of the world. The best way to break this addiction is through technology…”
“Tonight, I announce the Advanced Energy Initiative — a 22-percent increase in clean-energy research — at the Department of Energy, to push for breakthroughs in two vital areas. To change how we power our homes and offices, we will invest more in zero-emission coal-fired plants, revolutionary solar and wind technologies, and clean, safe nuclear energy.”
“We must also change how we power our automobiles. We will increase our research in better batteries for hybrid and electric cars, and in pollution-free cars that run on hydrogen. We’ll also fund additional research in cutting-edge methods of producing ethanol, not just from corn, but from wood chips and stalks, or switch grass. Our goal is to make this new kind of ethanol practical and competitive within six years.”
“Breakthroughs on this and other new technologies will help us reach another great goal: to replace more than 75 percent of our oil imports from the Middle East by 2025. By applying the talent and technology of America, this country can dramatically improve our environment, move beyond a petroleum-based economy, and make our dependence on Middle Eastern oil a thing of the past.”
Full text of speech:
Source: Bush, George W. State of the Union Address of President George W. Bush, January 31, 2006.