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Weak brew

Bush's much hyped U-Turn on climate wasn't even a Double U-Turn. All he said was: America is on the verge of technological breakthroughs that will enable us to live our lives less dependent on oil. And these technologies will help us be better stewards of the environment, and they will help us to confront the serious challenge of global climate change. Technology, Technology, yada, yada, yada. Straight from the Frank Luntz playbook on how to do nothing but sound like you really care. Fool me once ... For more response, here I am on CNBC:

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Lots of talk, little action

The media is abuzz that Bush will unveil new energy proposals in the State of the Union address. But it really is a "dog bites man" story. Has any president ever talked so much about a problem while doing nothing to address it? The President's sweeping rhetoric on energy independence, unfortunately, has never been accompanied by serious policies -- he has actually cut funding for the key energy-saving technologies -- which is one reason our dependence on imported oil has kept rising throughout Bush's presidency. So we should take any new words in the 2007 address with many, many grains …

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The Internet may give a boost to energy efficiency.Com and Get It

The emerging new economy created by the Internet is producing more than just a business revolution -- it is also generating enormous environmental benefits. The Internet can turn buildings into websites, and replace warehouses with supply-chain software. It can turn paper and CDs into electrons, and replace trucks with fiberoptic cable. This means significant energy savings, and perhaps a very different type of economic growth than we have seen in the past. An enviro's new best friend? By reducing the amount of energy and materials consumed by business, often dramatically, and by increasing overall productivity, the Internet stands to revolutionize …

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