Reax from the State of the Union
Submitted by Stacy Feldman on Fri, 2007-01-26 16:52.
As expected, energy got substantial play with calls for a dramatic 20 percent reduction in the nation's gasoline consumption within ten years. And everybody's talking about the climate change mention: "America is on the verge of technological breakthroughs that will enable us to live our lives less dependent on oil. These technologies will help us become better stewards of the environment -- and they will help us to confront the serious challenge of global climate change."
Click here for the full speech.
Democrats in the new majority from New York, such as representatives Maurice Hinchey (D-Hudson Valley) and newcomers Michael Arcuri (D-Central NY) and John Hall (D-Hudson Valley), responded with skepticism about Bush's ability to adequately address the energy crisis.
The NY Times says Bush's plans this year are more ambitious and less achievable than last year.
The Financial Times is reporting that Bush's oil reserve plan triggered the biggest one-day jump in oil prices in over a year.
The Wall Street Journal put climate change on its front-page yesterday. It came after some of the biggest names of industry -- including Alcoa, GE and DuPont -- publicly announced for the first time that climate change is not only a big threat, but it's time to move to a cap-and-trade system to reduce greenhouse gases. (Click here to get info on the new climate change coalition.)
Local reaction has been favorable, of note the editorial in the Troy Record (not exactly a left-leaning publication) put it best by saying, "The good thing about this debate is that climate change is now being looked at as a reality and not as a political football pitting Republican against Democrat and environmentalist against corporations." Talk about a change in the political climate!
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