Addicted to oil? Well, duh...
Bush to Say 'America Is Addicted to Oil' in Talk (AP)
In his state of the union speech tonight Bush will suggest that "America is addicted to oil...The best way to break this addiction is through technology."
I'm sure Bush's proposed technology fix for American oil dependency is really intended as a means of directing millions of "research" dollars to his buddies at Halliburton, ExxonMobil, etc. Such "research" spending will likely have similar results as all the "reconstruction" spending in Iraq: enrichment of Bush cronies, a few photo-op projects, and increased hardship for the purported beneficiaries.
A more cost-effective and immediate way to break our oil addiction is through conservation and greater efficiency. Among other things, this would mean improving mass transit, biking, and walking--giving people an alternative to driving. Cleaner air and improved public health would be additional benefits of such an approach.
But such conservation might hurt the bottom line of the oil companies. And Bush ain't gonna go there.