Fight Climate Change = Fight Terrorism
The message in the enviro portion of the prez's State of the Union Address last night could be summed up as: our efforts in the war on terror will help us "confront" climate change.
I think it went a little something like this:
America needs a stable energy supply, and foreign oil makes us vulnerable to hostile regimes (aka terrorists), so diversifying our energy supply will make us less vulnerable to said terrorists, and clean coal, safe nuclear power, ethanol, biodiesel and woodchips will help us diversify.
Then, if we take action to reduce gas imports, increase fuel efficiency, and increase the domestic fuel supply and IF AND ONLY IF magical technlogical breakthroughs appear, we will be less dependent on oil [read: less vulnerable to terrorists] and be able to confront climate change.(Applause.)
Of course there may be other ways of interpreting the speech - I don't think political analysts have stopped analyzing it since the final applause broke at 10p last night and GW was swarmed with autograph hounds (your elected congressional officials). You can check out the full text here. Interpret until your heart is content.
More on the other enviro related claims/promises/action items in a bit - but in the mean time here's my favorite excerpt of the night [emphasis mine of course]:
"America is on the verge of technological breakthroughs that will enable us to live our lives less dependent on oil. And these technologies will help us be better stewards of the environment, and they will help us to confront the serious challenge of global climate change. (Applause.)"
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