Dover Bitch

Monday, January 22, 2007

SOTU memories

It's been four years, but this one is still a favorite on this blog:

Let me give you an example of why this president truly is underrated, I think, politically. Tonight he's going to talk about hydrogen fuel cells. You can laugh about it. But it's actually a very promising alternative energy source.

It's the kind of thing, actually, that a Democrat, you would think would be behind. But they're not. -- Tucker Carlson, Jan. 28, 2003

It's one of DB's favorites, not just because Bush hasn't done jack to solve our energy problems, but because Tucker got to hear this while sitting in the same chair on the same set, just nine months earlier:

TUCKER CARLSON: Senator Kerry?

SEN. JOHN KERRY: The bottom line is that unless the United States of America recognizes our use curve is going up and up and up and we have a very limited pot of oil.

We can't by drilling in ANWAR solve the long-term problem in the country. So why not get about the business now of solving the long- term business of the country by becoming truly independent of oil itself.

Then, you know, even if you did ANWAR, you're still going to be importing 58 percent of America's oil from the Middle East. I want America to be independent so no terrorist, no cartel can bully us around. We grow it here at home with ethanol, with hydrogen fuel cells, with the technology of the future. And that is the only way America will be secure and independent. -- April 16, 2002

The hype is that Bush will be making a big environmental splash in tomorrow's speech. Forgive me if I don't shift to the edge of my seat. After all, we heard that the "surge" speech was going to center around sacrifice. Instead it centered around threatening Iran and Syria.

Anyway, talk is cheap and this is the same administration that brought us "Clear Skies" and "Healthy Forests."

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