posted on Jan, 29 2003 @ 02:56 PM
"Our third goal is to promote energy independence for our country, while dramatically improving the environment. I have sent you a comprehensive
energy plan to promote energy efficiency and conservation, to develop cleaner technology, and to produce more energy at home.
I have sent you clear skies legislation that mandates a 70 percent cut in air pollution from power plants over the next 15 years. I have sent you a
healthy forest initiative to help prevent the catastrophic fires that devastate communities, kill wildlife and burn away millions of acres of
treasured forests. I urge you to pass these measures for the good of both our environment and our economy. Even more, I ask you to take a crucial step
and protect our environment in ways that generations before us could not have imagined.
In this century, the greatest environmental progress will come about not through endless lawsuits or command-and-control regulations, but through
technology and innovation. Tonight I'm proposing $1.2 billion in research funding so that America can lead the world in developing clean,
hydrogen-powered automobiles. A simple chemical reaction between hydrogen and oxygen generates energy, which can be used to power a car, producing
only water, not exhaust fumes.
With a new national commitment, our scientists and engineers will overcome obstacles to taking these cars from laboratory to showroom, so that the
first car driven by a child born today could be powered by hydrogen, and pollution-free. Join me in this important innovation to make our air
significantly cleaner, and our country much less dependent on foreign sources of energy."
-- President Bush last night...