Bush push alternative energy R&D


US president George Bush on his last State of the Union address is calling more research and development for alternative clean energy sources such as carbon-emission free coal power and nuclear power plants; and advanced battery technology and renewable fuel for automotives;

Below is an excerpt of his speech:

To build a future of energy security, we must trust in the creative genius of American researchers and entrepreneurs and empower them to pioneer a new generation of clean energy technology. Our security, our prosperity, and our environment all require reducing our dependence on oil.

Last year, I asked you to pass legislation to reduce oil consumption over the next decade, and you responded. Together we should take the next steps: Let us fund new technologies that can generate coal power while capturing carbon emissions. Let us increase the use of renewable power and emissions-free nuclear power. Let us continue investing in advanced battery technology and renewable fuels to power the cars and trucks of the future. Let us create a new international clean technology fund, which will help developing nations like India and China make greater use of clean energy sources. And let us complete an international agreement that has the potential to slow, stop, and eventually reverse the growth of greenhouse gases.

This agreement will be effective only if it includes commitments by every major economy and gives none a free ride. The United States is committed to strengthening our energy security and confronting global climate change. And the best way to meet these goals is for America to continue leading the way toward the development of cleaner and more efficient technology.

To keep America competitive into the future, we must trust in the skill of our scientists and engineers and empower them to pursue the breakthroughs of tomorrow. Last year, the Congress passed legislation supporting the American Competitiveness Initiative, but never followed through with the funding. This funding is essential to keeping our scientific edge. So I ask the Congress to double Federal support for critical basic research in the physical sciences and ensure America remains the most dynamic nation on earth.

Here is a more comprehensive explanation of the White House’s green energy initiatives.

Aside from the 10% increase use of alternative fuels by 2015 (and minimum 36bn gallon consumption of biofuels by 2020), the White House also wants to mandate phasing out incandescent light bulbs by 2012 and mandate new energy efficient standards for appliances.

With the incoming presidential election (and democrats leading the polls), what do you predict will be the next green and alternative energy agenda for the White House?

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