Tuesday :: Jan 23, 2007
Five Years Too Late
Too little, too late:
In his first State of the Union address to a Democratic-controlled Congress, President Bush is calling for Americans to slash gasoline consumption by up to 20 percent by 2017.
Bush envisions the goal being achieved primarily through a sharp escalation in the amount of ethanol and other alternative fuels that the federal government mandates must be produced. The rest would come from raising fuel economy standards for passenger cars, Joel Kaplan, White House deputy chief of staff, said in advance of Bush's Tuesday night speech to a joint session of Congress.
Why didn’t you call for this in the 2002 SOTU when it would have meant something, instead of for what it is: an empty, political gesture by a lame-duck failure?