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His lips are moving


Remember Shrub’s Jimmy Carter moment on Tuesday, where he warned of us about our addiction to oil and promised new alternative energy research and funding? Of course, we all thought “bullsh*t”, because we realized that Bush telling you you’re addicted to oil is like your crack dealer saying, “you know, your crack addiction is really making a mess of your life… you should really do something about it… you want some crack while you think about it?” During my live blogging of the SOTU, I wrote:

19) AMERICA IS ADDICTED TO OIL. The best way to break this addiction is through technology. You can be certain that this Texas oilman, my oilman vice president, my Exxon supertanker, er, Secretary of State, and my entire oil soaked administration will do everything possible to break our addiction to oil, including drilling in ANWR, digging up more coal, and a bunch of other things that won’t come to fruition until long after we’re gone and have built up way more profits than we could possibly spend in sixteen generations.

At the time, I wondered how he managed to get that out with a straight face, and how Cheneyburton’s pacemaker didn’t just begin skipping like an old LP. Now I know how; his fingers were crossed:

(Knight-Ridder) WASHINGTON – One day after President Bush vowed to reduce America’s dependence on Middle East oil by cutting imports from there 75 percent by 2025, his energy secretary and national economic adviser said Wednesday that the president didn’t mean it literally.

What the president meant, they said in a conference call with reporters, was that alternative fuels could displace an amount of oil imports equivalent to most of what America is expected to import from the Middle East in 2025.

But America still would import oil from the Middle East, because that’s where the greatest oil supplies are.

“This was purely an example,” Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman said.

(New York Times) The Energy Department will begin laying off researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in the next week or two because of cuts to its budget.

A veteran researcher said the staff had been told that the cuts would be concentrated among researchers in wind and biomass, which includes ethanol. Those are two of the technologies that Mr. Bush cited on Tuesday night as holding the promise to replace part of the nation’s oil imports.

The budget for the laboratory, which is just west of Denver, was cut by nearly 15 percent, to $174 million from $202 million, requiring the layoff of about 40 staff members out of a total of 930, said a spokesman, George Douglas.

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