On January 31, President Bush gave his State of the Union address and we heard a lot of the same messaging we've heard over the past five years. It was business as usual when it came to rising health care costs, education and the so-called "War on Terror." But one novel statement in that 52-minute speech had many Americans using their TiVo to see if they heard correctly. Did President Bush really say "America is addicted to oil"? He sure did.
The same man who has been advocating for drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and turning his nose up at the Kyoto Protocol, echoed the very words progressives have been hurling at him since the day he took office. While this statement does not represent a fundamental shift in the administration's stance on climate change (or lack there of), admitting there is a problem is a pivotal fist step.
The second step is working toward solving that problem, and that's where things take a turn for the worse...As part of Bush's "Advanced Energy Initiative" he advocates for more coal-fired power plants and nuclear energy - the dirtiest and most dangerous energy sources at our disposal.
This April will mark the 20-year anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear meltdown. If you think that can't happen here, think again. Since Three-Mile Island in 1979, more than 100 near misses have occurred in nuclear power plants across the country. And for all of Bush's promises to prevent terrorism, he's done absolutely nothing to protect nuclear plants from a 9-11 style terrorist attack.
The real answer to our oil addiction is to invest in clean, safe, renewable energy sources. The Unites States led the world last year in annual installed wind capacity. California is having enormous success with its solar initiatives and bio-fuel is more popular than ever. Not to mention, a terrorist has never targeted a windmill.
The Bush administration is clearly feeling the pressure from high gasoline and energy prices and the "unstable" countries that supply our oil. The last six EPA administrators, along with states, businesses, environmental groups and American citizens have called on our government to do something about climate change. Let's make sure they do the right thing.
Tell President Bush that nukes are NOT the answer to our energy needs. We must invest in renewable energy that will keep our nation safe and independent for centuries to come.