Though I suppose being a little cynical I could say there goes Alaska. George and his mates will probably carve up the wilderness and pump every last drop of oil out of it. Also the possibility exists that most of the foreign oil that can be easily pumped out of the ground will be used up by 2025 so really they will have no alternative.
Still the idea that Mr. Screw You Kyoto would make the following statement seems bizarre.
"Tonight, I announce the Advanced Energy Initiative -- a 22 percent increase in clean energy research at the Department of Energy, to push for breakthroughs in two vital areas," Bush said. "To change how we power our homes and offices, we will invest more in zero-emission, coal-fired plants; revolutionary solar and wind technologies; and clean, safe nuclear energy.
"We will increase our research in better batteries for hybrid and electric cars, and in pollution-free cars that run on hydrogen. We will also fund additional research in cutting-edge methods of producing ethanol, not just from corn but from wood chips, stalks,or switch grass." (Domestic points)
If you had told me that a year ago that Bush would make this announcement I would have assumed that the movie The Day After Tomorrow had come true and Bush was sitting in a refugee camp in Mexico so he could no longer ignore the problem. Still at least he is making an effort so we should all applaud him for it. Or maybe in one of his conversations with God he was told to tidy up the place a bit or the landlord would evict the human race. Though in the end perhaps President Bush is concerned about his place in history and doesn't want to be remembered as the worst American President ever.