I only heard about half of Bushs speech, as it was already started when I tuned in on NPR during the drive home. I don’t actually remember much from the part I actually listened to but I do like some of what I’ve heard second-hand. Apparently of the 4 actions he mentioned as part of his energy plan 3 were “alternative energy” solutions.
He’s brought this up multiple times. He’s never taken huge action on it yet, but I really wonder about his true thoughts on the matter. I have a hunch that he does see the importance of these alternatives but is somewhat restrained because he needs to deliver for his “oil company friends.” If that weren’t true I wonder how much he would do.
I really don’t understand why he doesn’t push it harder. If he made huge moves towards oil independence he’d probably become one of the most liked presidents of modern times by both the environmentalists and neocons. The neocons want off oil because it makes the US dependent on foreign sources politically as well as economically.
I realize it would put a strain on the economy to go at this full speed, but I’m sure there’s a compromise in the middle where we (the west in general) could be doing a lot more than we are now.