Bush’s “State of the Union”

In his State of the Union George W. Bush stopped ignoring climate change and global warming. Did the fact that he could ride his bike in december make him change his mind or is it rather a rhetoric strategy? Given that the democrats have gained more political influence Bush is trying to harmonise his strategy by capturing the democrat’s issues in order to avoid complete political inability to act.

Furthermore, his intention to reduce the US dependency on foreign oil is not new. Already President Nixon played this lip service 30 years ago. At that time, the US imported 30% of its oil. Today, the US oil imports account for 60%.

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2 comments on “Bush’s “State of the Union”
  1. jeremy says:

    The difference between Nixon’s time and now, I suppose, is that the US has fewer friends around the world! With so much oil being imported, and a large portion of this coming from the Middle East and other parts of the world antagonistic towards the US (e.g. Venezuela), there may be more of an imperative to reduce reliance on imports.

  2. adrian says:

    Nevertheless, since Nixon’s announcement to reduce the US oil imports the ratio has doubled.

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