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October 18, 2006

President Bush Supports Fuel Diversity at Renewable Conference

President Bush speaks at a podium that carries the Presidential Seal, with a photo of a wind facility in the background.

President Bush emphasized alternatives to oil during his speech at the "Advancing Renewable Energy" conference.
Credit: White House/Eric Draper

President Bush addressed last week's "Advancing Renewable Energy" conference to emphasize the need to diversify the U.S. energy supply. Repeating his State of the Union assertion that the United States is too dependent on oil, President Bush launched into a wide-ranging discussion of alternatives, including ethanol, biodiesel, hybrid vehicles, plug-in hybrids, and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. The President noted a variety of research initiatives and federal tax incentives that are helping to advance these technologies and encourage their deployment. Noting that gasoline prices have fallen in recent weeks, President Bush commented, "I welcome the low gasoline prices, however it's not going to dim my enthusiasm for making sure we diversify away from oil."

The President also discussed a variety of other energy technologies, including solar energy and wind power. "Advancing Renewable Energy: An American Rural Renaissance," was a national conference that was jointly hosted by DOE and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Those agencies announced $34.5 million in funding for biomass and solar energy research at the conference, which ran from October 10th through the 12th in St. Louis, Missouri. See the White House press release and the Advancing Renewable Energy Conference Web site.

President Bush has also proclaimed that October is National Energy Awareness Month. The President encouraged U.S. residents to conserve energy and to develop responsible habits that will reduce energy consumption in their everyday lives. "Meeting our growing energy needs will require creativity, determination, and discipline," said President Bush in the proclamation. "By working together, we can foster economic growth, improve our environment, and leave behind a safer, cleaner, more prosperous world for future generations." See the President's proclamation.