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Some President's still don't get it

Observations from the Edge
Robert T. Nanninga
Coast News
January 26, 2007


Being a political junkie I couldn't help tuning into George W. Bush's State of the Union address. To be honest, I was looking forward to heckling the man who would be king. No longer a report to the House of Representatives and the Senate, the State of the Union has morphed into bad political theater, where the President lays out an agenda of wishful thinking, not always based in reality.

As usual, the evening was little more than a series of scripted standing ovations for a speech that was low on details, high on propaganda, and lacking any real vision. It was also a descriptive road map to where the Washington status quo wants to take the rest of us. Be it a dead end or not.

Amidst the usual fear mongering, on which the Bush Administration thrives, Dubya managed to use the "E" word three times. Of course the "E" word is Environment. George, who long ago proved he can't see the planet through the potential profits of rape and pillage, has proven himself a pimp for the extraction industries and Big Auto.

In the paragraph where he mentioned global climate change, two sentences really, he stated technological breakthroughs "...will help us be better stewards of the environment." Talk about setting the bar low. The Bush Administration is on par with that of Ronald Reagan, in it's contempt for ecological stewardship.

Someone should clue the "Decision Maker" into the fact hollow words don't equate with sound policy.

Take for example this little doozy of double speak, "So as we continue to diversify our fuel supply, we must also step up domestic oil production in environmentally sensitive ways. And to further protect America against severe disruptions to our oil supply, I ask Congress to double the current capacity of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve." Notice how his speech writers didn't say environmentally benign or environmentally sustainable.

And then their was there was the line, "...we need to reform and modernize fuel economy standards for cars the way we did for light trucks - and conserve up to eight and a half billion more gallons of gasoline by 2017." And why only 20 percent?

More oil, less gas, hardly equates with reducing CO2 emissions. And delaying doing the right thing by a decade seems rather insincere. One could also charge the president with downright mendaciousness.

Imagine that.

Most disturbing however was Dubya perpetuating the lie that coal and nuclear power could ever be clean. I wonder if George has ever been to a coal mine. Getting coal out of the ground is a very dirty business, in which it is impossible to avoid epic amounts of environmental damage. And his quote, "and clean, safe nuclear power" is an oxymoron as true as the Bush administration's claims it's war on the Iraqi people is being done in the name of democracy.

As the American dictator, or decider, whatever, George W. Bush has little use for democracy. The last six years is proof enough of that.

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