WASHINGTON - The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) President Deb Callahan today released the following statement on President Bush's tour of a hydrogen fueling station in Washington, D.C.:
"Today, when the president visited a hydrogen fueling station in Washington, D.C., he spoke about energy policy ideas of which the current legislation pending in Congress does virtually nothing to address. That is because the energy bill was originally written in secret by big energy lobbyists without regard for the long-term interests of the nation.
If the president truly cared about environmental issues, he would have taken this opportunity to look at the adjacent Anacostia River, terribly polluted with fecal coliform bacteria, flowing by the station, the old and inefficient fossil fuel power plant across the street, and the underfunded mass transit system running above him.
It is disappointing that the President is still unable to acknowledge that the road to energy independence begins with increasing fuel economy standards for cars and trucks and real leadership on a national energy efficiency program, coupled with federal leadership on the development and use of renewable energy sources. The president's rhetoric does not reflect the reality of our nation's energy problems, such as high gas prices. America thirsts for leadership -- not rhetoric."