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    Bush turns "green" to distract from Iraq disaster

    source: CNN.COM

    http://edition.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS...otu/index.html

    Failure in Iraq would be 'grievous,' Bush expected to say
    POSTED: 2307 GMT (0707 HKT), January 23, 2007

    WASHINGTON (CNN)
    --
    President Bush, in Tuesday's State of the Union speech, will address
    what has become the American public's primary point of contention
    with his administration -- the growing chaos in Iraq.

    According to excerpts of the address, released by the White House,
    Bush will talk about the U.S. battle against terrorism.

    "For all of us in this room, there is no higher responsibility than to
    protect the people of this country from danger...[T]o win the war
    on terror we must take the fight to the enemy," the excerpt reads.

    Bush says that enemies of the United States and its allies are
    "on the offense" and realize "that the days of comfortable sanctuary,
    easy movement, steady financing, and free-flowing communications
    are long over."

    He touches on the plan he announced earlier this month to send
    more than 20,000 additional troops to Iraq.

    "[O]ur military commanders and I have carefully weighed the
    options. We discussed every possible approach. In the end, I
    chose this course of action because it provides the best chance
    of success," the excerpts say.

    "Many in this chamber understand that America must not fail in
    Iraq -- because you understand that the consequences of failure
    would be grievous and far reaching."

    "The war on terror we fight today is a generational struggle that
    will continue long after you and I have turned our duties over to
    others. That is why it is important to work together so our nation
    can see this great effort through."

    Less oil consumption

    Regarding domestic issues, Bush is also expected to
    propose a plan to cut U.S. gasoline consumption by 20 percent
    while bolstering inventory in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve,
    Republican sources say.

    The president's 10-year plan to cut gasoline use includes
    tightening fuel economy standards on automakers and producing
    35 billion gallons of renewable fuel such as ethanol by 2017,
    according to sources briefed on the speech.

    One official said the moves would be equivalent to taking 26
    million vehicles off U.S. roads.


    "For too long our nation has been dependent on foreign oil.
    And this dependence leaves us more vulnerable to hostile regimes,
    and to terrorists -- who could cause huge disruptions of oil
    shipments...raise the price of oil ... and do great harm to our
    economy," according to excerpts.

    "It is in our vital interest to diversify America's energy supply --
    and the way forward is through technology."

    Bush will say increasing the oil reserve will give the nation a reliable
    backup in times of crisis, the sources say.

    The president is expected to tout low unemployment and inflation
    and rising wages in 2007.

    "This economy is on the move -- and our job is to keep it that way,
    not with more government but with more enterprise."

    On other topics, Bush will propose a balanced federal budget by 2012,
    and he will call for members of Congress to cut pet projects from
    appropriations. Health care, Social Security, AIDS in Africa, and,
    of course, Iraq are expected to be addressed during what is expected
    to be about a 50-minute speech. Full coverage of the speech will begin
    on CNN at 7 p.m. ET. (i-Report: Deliver your own State of the Union
    address)

    Bleak poll numbers

    When the president stands before Congress and the nation Tuesday
    night, he'll be facing an angry citizenry dissatisfied with his leadership
    by a 2-to-1 ratio. (Is Bush already a lame duck?)

    The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll, released on the eve of
    the speech, found only 34 percent of respondents approved of Bush's
    job performance while 63 percent disapproved. (Poll results: Is
    President Bush a successful president?)

    Two-thirds of respondents say that Bush has done something to make
    them angry -- a figure that has grown six points since last year and
    16 points since Bush's State of the Union in 2004.

    Fifty-five percent of respondents said Bush's presidency is a failure,
    and 51 percent said they trust Bush less than they trusted his
    predecessor in the Oval Office, Bill Clinton. (The numbers on trust -- PDF)

    Respondents satisfaction with the war on terror was at an all-time low.
    Only 28 percent think the U.S. is winning the war; two-thirds oppose
    Bush's plan to send more troops to Iraq, and a majority now oppose
    the war in Afghanistan.

    The president's approval has changed little in recent days, the poll
    found. On January 11, it was 35 percent and, in mid-December, it
    was 36 percent. Last January, it was 43 percent. (Bush's approval
    numbers)

    The poll was carried out Friday through Sunday and was based on
    telephone interviews with 1,008 adult Americans. It has a sampling
    error of plus-or-minus 3 points.

    On health care, Bush will put forth a plan to make health insurance
    taxable income and give families a deduction on the first $15,000 in
    health insurance costs ($7,500 for singles), White House spokesman
    Tony Snow said Monday. (Watch what issues the president will
    address in his State of the Union speech )

    Speaking on CNN's "American Morning" on Tuesday, Snow said Bush's
    plan "offers an opportunity to open up the health care system in a
    way that it's never had before."

    Snow said the effect will be similar to what happened when market
    forces were let loose on prescription drug prices.

    "You get major retailers fighting ... to provide medicine as cheaply
    as possible and at the same time effectively," he explained. "Prices
    are one-third lower than people expected."

    Snow said Monday that Bush's "revenue-neutral" proposal on health
    care would boost costs for some people but would also raise the prospect
    that more than 100 million people "will pay less for health insurance and
    millions more not presently insured will have access to it." (Full story)

    Democrats, however, charge that turning health benefits into taxable
    income will raise the taxes of millions of Americans.

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, said Bush's plan would
    hurt people who have health insurance.

    "I think if we ask anyone in America today... if we oughta, in effect,
    punish people because they have great insurance, I don't think they'd
    agree with that," Reid said Tuesday.

    While senior officials suggested last week that Iraq would be a small
    part of the speech, one official said Monday that Iraq would now be
    a "significant portion" of the address.

    Bush planned to ask Congress to vote on his Iraq plan, according to
    The Associated Press.

    "He's going to ask this Congress to give it a chance to work and to
    support our troops," AP quoted White House counselor Dan Bartlett
    as saying.

    Virginia Democratic Sen. Jim Webb, who will give the Democratic
    response to Bush's address, said at a briefing Tuesday afternoon
    that the administration has no plan that has "an end point ... where
    the American military will be off the streets of Iraq."

    "The difficulty many of us have had for a long time is that there is
    not a clearly understandable plan from the administration," Webb said.

    The Republicans' November loss of a majority in Congress will not deter
    the president from addressing big issues, Snow said.

    The president "understands his obligation as commander in chief is
    to go ahead and address forthrightly big problems and come up with
    solutions." (Quiz: Test your State of the Union knowledge)

    Copyright 2007 CNN. All rights reserved.This material may not be
    published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Associated Press
    contributed to this report.


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    Too little too late there. He didn't think about this when refusing to sign the Kyoto protocol? It's only now an issue because of war in Iraq? Stupid arse.

    If you think it's crazy, you ain't seen a thing. Just wait until we're goin down in flames.

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    Yes, let's use ethanol which you need to make from corn.. let's not forget that the massive industry that surrounds growing cord (fructose-glucose corn syrup crap that's in every bit of food) is yet another Bush welfare handout organization that swimming in billions..

    Let's also not forget that growing this corn to turn it into ethanol takes more fucking energy than it does to refine petroleum products into gasoline! You're not fucking saving anything!
    I am from the American CIA and I have a radio in my head. I am going to kill you.

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