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"Our nation is on the threshold of new energy technology that I think will startle the American people," Bush said.
"We're on the edge of some amazing breakthroughs -- breakthroughs all aimed at enhancing our national security and our economic security and the quality of life of the folks who live here in the United States."
On Tuesday, Bush plans to visit the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado, to talk about speeding the development of biofuels.
The lab, with a looming $28 million budget shortfall, had announced it was cutting its staff by 32 people, including eight researchers. But in advance of Bush's visit, Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman over the weekend directed the transfer of $5 million to the private contractor that runs the lab, so the jobs can be saved.
Renee Azerbegi, the past president and a current board member of the Colorado Renewable Energy Society, questioned the timing of of the announcement that jobs had been restored just before the president's visit.
"I think it has a lot to do with Bush's image," she told the Rocky Mountain News. "I don't think they want Bush to visit NREL knowing a lot of people there are unhappy with him."
Matt Baker, executive director of the group Environment Colorado, said he believes reinstating the jobs "has a lot to do with the president coming to town."