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LCV Statement on President's Bush State of the Union Address

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Chuck Porcari, (202) 785-8683; Mark Sokolove, (202) 785-8683 February 1, 2006  

WASHINGTON, DC - LCV Senior Vice President for Political Affairs Tony Massaro today issued the following statement regarding President Bush's State of the Union Address.

"When President Bush signed the energy bill into law last year, he claimed victory in addressing our nation's energy problems. Yet since then, Americans continue to face sky-high energy prices while big oil and gas companies continue reaping record profits. In tonight's address, the president admitted the failure of his deeply flawed energy bill, and yet offered more of the same - old, dirty and expensive policies of the past combined with as of yet impracticable technologies.

"Moreover, the President's focus on unworkable technologies and dangerous energy sources of yesterday conveniently ignores immediate, substantive actions -- like simply raising fuel efficiency standards for autos -- that can make a real difference in our quest for energy independence.

"Americans understand all too well our country's dependence on unreliable foreign sources of energy. It's time to look beyond President Bush's policies, which fall woefully short of where we need to be and only look out for rich oil companies and other corporate special interests. Americans today want real, meaningful investments in renewable energy sources, real investments in public transportation infrastructure and real investments in energy saving technologies. These forward-thinking proposals will create new jobs here in the United States and ultimately make America more secure.

"In the coming weeks and months, LCV will continue to hold the Bush administration and Congress accountable for their actions on policies vital to our energy future."

Attached is a fact sheet outlining the president's rhetoric on energy policy versus the reality. 

President Bush's Rhetoric The Reality
"I agree with Americans who understand being hooked on foreign oil is an economic problem and a national security problem."

[President Bush, CBS News interview, 1/27/06]

For the past five years, President Bush has pushed policies that reward big oil and gas companies and increase our dangerous dependence on foreign oil while shunning new, clean energy technologies. 

[Energy Policy Act of 2005, Public Law No: 109-168]

"In Bush's vision...More Americans would run their lights at home on solar power."

[Associated Press, 1/29/06]

The energy bill supported and signed into law by President Bush in 2005 rejected a provision that would have required utility companies "to generate at least 10 percent of their electricity through renewable fuels [such as wind and solar power] by 2020."

[NY Times, 7/26/05]

In this 2003 State of the Union address, President Bush said, "Our third goal is to promote energy independence for our country, while dramatically improving the environment."


The amount of oil consumed in the United States has increased from 58 percent in 2000 to 60 percent today.



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