Tonight, one year after claiming that America is addicted to oil, “President Bush is expected to renew concerns about energy security in his State of the Union address.”
Earlier this month, National Economic Council chairman Al Hubbard predicted “headlines above the fold that will knock your socks off in terms of our commitment to energy independence.” ABC News reports that Bush may “call for Americans to cut consumption of gasoline by 20 percent in 10 years.”
Throughout his presidency, Bush has used the State of the Union to talk about energy independence. Think Progress has put together a video of Bush’s past promises:
The facts don’t match the rhetoric:
— In September 2006, 70 percent of oil consumed in the United States came from foreign sources, up from 58 percent in 2000.
— U.S. dependence on OPEC nations for oil imports “has risen to its highest level in 15 years.”
— Despite promises at his 2006 State of the Union address, President Bush’s 2007 budget actually proposed to spend less on energy efficiency, conservation, and renewable energy resources in inflation-adjusted dollars than was appropriated in fiscal year 2001 — $1.176 billion in nominal dollars in both 2001 and 2007.
President Bush should make the goal of energy independence more than just an applause line.
State of the Union, 1/29/2002: Good jobs also depend on reliable and affordable energy. This Congress must act to encourage conservation, promote technology, build infrastructure, and it must act to increase energy production at home so America is less dependent on foreign oil.
State of the Union, 1/28/2003: Our third goal is to promote energy independence for our country, while dramatically improving the environment. … Even more, I ask you to take a crucial step and protect our environment in ways that generations before us could not have imagined.
State of the Union, 1/20/2004: Consumers and businesses need reliable supplies of energy to make our economy run — so I urge you to pass legislation to modernize our electricity system, promote conservation, and make America less dependent on foreign sources of energy.
State of the Union, 2/2/2005: To keep our economy growing, we also need reliable supplies of affordable, environmentally responsible energy. … I urge Congress to pass legislation that makes America more secure and less dependent on foreign energy.
State of the Union, 1/31/2006: Keeping America competitive requires affordable energy. And here we have a serious problem: America is addicted to oil. …. By applying the talent and technology of America, this country can dramatically improve our environment, move beyond a petroleum-based economy, and make our dependence on Middle Eastern oil a thing of the past.