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February 03, 2006

Wind Blah, Ethanol Blah, Alternative Energy Blah Blah Blah Energy  Politics

There's talk, and there's action. Buried at the very bottom of a NYT article today on Bush's energy talk in the SOTU, we find this:

The Energy Department will begin laying off researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in the next week or two because of cuts to its budget.

A veteran researcher said the staff had been told that the cuts would be concentrated among researchers in wind and biomass, which includes ethanol. Those are two of the technologies that Mr. Bush cited on Tuesday night as holding the promise to replace part of the nation's oil imports.

The budget for the laboratory, which is just west of Denver, was cut by nearly 15 percent, to $174 million from $202 million, requiring the layoff of about 40 staff members out of a total of 930, said a spokesman, George Douglas. The cut is for the fiscal year that began on Oct. 1. [Emphasis added]

Of course, we knew it was just speechifyin', but still. This is kinda, shall we say, ironical.

Posted by Jonathan at February 3, 2006 12:35 AM  del.icio.us digg NewsVine Reddit YahooMyWeb

Comments

This is exactly why I (and I predict many millions of others) have little to no interest in what Bush says anymore. Once you proven yourself to be a lier over and over again, what possibly can you say thats of any interest? The only people still listening are the hypnotized idiot masses who have no clue what is really happening.

Just impeach the son-of-a-bitch.

Posted by: at February 3, 2006 10:49 PM