Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Window Dressing a Nation

This morning, as I was enjoying my cereal, I was listening to CNN's American Morning and their coverage of George's Midwest Kiss-the-Ring Tour. He's been promoting alternative energy plans all week because "America is addicted to oil."

Since the State of the Union, I've been intrigued by his insistence on co-opting liberal plans for calls to research alternative fuel sources for transportation that isn't tied into the growing profits of OPEC. Is he sincere? or is this all a ploy to convince the masses that he is working to fix the gas price situation, when really he could care less?

You be the judge
On the eve of a presidential visit to a renewable energy lab in Colorado, the Department of Energy said it has transferred $5 million to the operation, which had funding cut and employees laid off this month due to budget shortfalls.

U.S. Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman transferred the money over the weekend to restore jobs at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado, according to a department news release.


According to The Associated Press, 32 workers, including eight researchers, were laid off two weeks ago at the Colorado lab.

The restoration of funding left lab employees and renewable energy proponents puzzled about the motivation behind the decision.


The article continues with one of the employees remarking
"It makes me question ... the seriousness of the commitment [of] the administration and the government in Washington to renewable energies and moving the U.S. forward in our energy policy."
It looks like one more light bulb has been turned on to their lies. It sort of reminds me of the New Orleans neighborhood whose lights were restored for the Emperor's address, then abruptly shut off when they weren't needed as props any longer.

Any bets on how long the Colorado facility keeps its funding? I'll keep an eye out and report back.

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