Bush will talk up nuclear, hydrogen, and ethanol in State of the Union

“We’ve got to wean ourselves off hydrocarbons, oil,” said President Bush on Friday. Yup, you read that right. In an interview aired on CBS, the president said he would use this Tuesday’s State of the Union address to decry “foreign oil” and offer up initiatives on alternate energy sources and fuel-saving technologies. (Global warming? Didn’t come up.) “I want to see different kinds of cars on our road that don’t require upon crude oil from overseas,” he said with his trademark folksy charm. He was quick to add, however, that he opposes a gas tax. Bush and his aides forecast a speech that would push for expanded nuclear power (a boon to the nuclear industry), expanded use of corn-based ethanol (a boon to the agribusiness industry), and expanded hydrogen fuel-cell research, which should produce a marketable car in, oh, about 15 years.

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