Contributing Monkie G Living Staff Monkies
Published on March 11, 2008
Okay, it’s a bit like seeing your fiancée at your bachelor party, or more like a cannibal enjoying a dinner party, but President George W. Bush attended – and spoke at – the Renewable Energy Conference in Washington last week. The highlights of the Dubya’s remarks included lighting and appliance efficiency, renewable fuels, and tax breaks for investing in fossil fuel alternatives.
Bush also mesmerized the crowd by taking sideways credit for hybrid vehicles, stating, “When I was first elected, there were virtually no hybrids on the roads. Today there is nearly a million.” And then there were his comments about the rise of corn ethanol, which the Bush administration has been touting as the next fuel. He failed to mention the disastrous effects monoculture corn has on the environment, but he did express his concern for cattle and pig ranchers because the price of corn – agribusiness’ main feedstock – is rising.
Most troubling were the President’s comments about nuclear (pronounced noo-klee-er), which ended up comprising the main point of his speech — even though the last time I checked, nuclear power didn’t make the list of renewable energies. Regardless, Bush wants to see nuclear power make a comeback in America because it creates huge amounts of electricity without creating CO2 or other greenhouse gases.
Never mind the nuclear waste that NEVER goes away or the mining required to create nuclear fuels.
Clearly, this guy doesn’t get it. The future of energy does not lie in expensive infrastructure and environmentally hazardous technologies. Renewable means local, sustainable, and clean. Let’s see, only 300-and-some more days left in the countdown.
Via the White House.