Wednesday, January 24, 2007

State of the Union: The Bush Energy Standards Are Not so Bold

Tonight, I ask Congress to join me in pursuing a great goal: Let us build on the work we've done and reduce gasoline usage in the United States by 20 percent in the next 10 years. When we do that, we will have cut 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.

GOI: This is all well and good but we can be more bold then this. The administration was labeling this being a bold energy step. I think it's more of a tentative dipping of one's toe into the water to see how hot it might be.

JFK announced that we would put a man on the moon in 1961--now that is bold. And in just under 10 years it happened. Surely we can do better then 20% in 10 years!! How about 50% in 10 years. If we can land a goddamn man on the moon in 9 years then we can reduce gasoline usage by 50% in 10 years. SHIT, I wanna see 50% of all cars on the road as electric cars or at least hybrids in 10 years!! I'm not some whacked out, impractical liberal on this either. IT CAN BE DONE!!!

That is if we want it to happen.

We can do anything if we want it bad enough. Look at how fast we developed the modern computer and internet? Getting off gasoline shouldn't be any less difficult. We just need the commitment and dedication of our government and citizens. If our government demands that this happen then the auto manufacturers will have those alternative cars out on the streets in no time. Sure we can keep oil around for our military for example but for most everything else we should get off it as fast as possible.

So to Bush I say thanks for the step but we need to be all out sprinting right now so pick up the pace buddy. The rest of us are way ahead of you waiting for you to catch up.

Oh yeah and doesn't that picture look great with the fashionable Nancy Pelosi up there??? As Randi Rhodes says it looks like the angel and the devil sitting on monkey boy's shoulder.

Speaking of Dick "The Devil" Cheney, did you see the smirks he was flashing when Bush was talking about the energy policy?? As if he knew a secret that was going to keep the energy standards from going into actual effect. Then they can say, "Ah, darn. Well, we tried."

I just wanted to smack that shit eating grin from his face.

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JoeC said...

> I just wanted to smack that shit eating grin from his face.

Ditto! I think it was the camera angle, and he was really looking past her, but it was still frickin' weird how he appeared to be goggling Pelosi with that creepy smirk. If I had to describe it to sombody who didn't see it, I'd say, "Remember the Emperor enjoying watching Darth Vader smack down Luke on the new Death Star...THAT grin!"

pissed off patricia said...

I slept right through it, but Mr Pop said it was a weird moment when he started to touch Nancy.

james said...

Joe C:

Yeah, Emperor Cheney.


He's a creep.

The whole posturing of the framed shot was very symbolic. I like how liberal radio talker Randi Rhodes put it. Pelosi looked like the angel on one side of Bush and Cheney the devil on the other side of Bush.