In President Bush's State of the Union address, he boldly declared that America "is addicted to oil" and that the country needs to invest in clean energy to reduce our dependence on foreign oil. Forget about the fact that environmentalists have understood this for the last 30 years. And forget the fact that, for the last 5 years, the administration has ignored desperate calls for renewable energy investment while giving tax cuts to an oil industry that is raking in record profits. All you need to know is that, 2 days after his State of the Union declaration, the president is laying off renewable energy researchers. From the 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."
We'll see if the television media bothers to report the inconsistency.