01/29/2008 09:45 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Bush SOTU: Decreasing Energy Security and Fronting for Climate Change

"... clean energy technology ... advanced batttery technology ... new technologies that can generate coal power while capturing carbon emissions ... new international clean technology fund.... The United States is committed to strengthening our energy security and confronting global climate change, and the best way to meet these goals is for America to continue leading the way toward the development of cleaner and more energy-efficient technology." For Bush/Luntz energy/climate policy, "Technology, technology, blah, blah," the State of the Union never, ever changes. That was Bush's only use of the word "climate" in the speech -- though he did also say, "let us complete an international agreement that has the potential to slow, stop, and eventually reverse the growth of greenhouse gases." Potential! This is the last friggin' year of your second term and your big plan for dealing with climate is the potential of new technology and an agreement that has the potential to reverse emissions trends -- which itself is just doubletalk since you've spent 7 years working to block any international (or domestic) agreement. I propose a new drinking game: one shot when Bush says something that isn't true, and a double shot when he says something that is actually the exact opposite of the truth. Unfortunately for me, before the actual SOTU, the White House released its State of the Union energy talking points, titled "Increasing Our Energy Security And Confronting Climate Change: The Administration Is Taking Steps To Reduce U.S. Dependence On Oil, And To Advance U.S. Leadership In Developing A Global Response To Climate Change." And I passed out shortly after finishing the headline. It is a laugh-til-it-hurts (and I mean root-canal-without-novocaine hurts) document, as the speech was. Lets see. After 7 years:
  • Record oil imports. Check.
  • Record oil prices. Check.
  • Record trade deficit in oil. Check.
  • Endless war in the Persian Gulf. Check.
  • Iraqi oil exports below pre-war levels. Check.
Now that's what the White House calls "Increasing Energy Security." I'd hate to imagine what it would take for the White House to say we were Decreasing Energy Security. And don't get me started on "Confronting Climate Change." The thing to always bear in mind:

President George W. Bush doesn't just fiddle while the planet burns, he actively fans the flames and thwarts the fire-fighters.

Thank goodness this is the last Bush SOTU we'll have to endure.