And, you know, I think that stuff about health care rings a bell, too . . . .
"For too long our nation has been dependent on foreign oil." -- 2007 SOTU.But, I'm sure he means it THIS time. Because, after the first six times he said it:
"By applying the talent and technology of America, this country can dramatically improve our environment, move beyond a petroleum-based economy, and make our dependence on Middle Eastern oil a thing of the past." -- 2006 SOTU.
"Four years of debate is enough: I urge Congress to pass legislation that makes America more secure and less dependent on foreign energy." -- 2005 SOTU.
"Consumers and businesses need reliable supplies of energy to make our economy run -- so I urge you to pass legislation to modernize our electricity system, promote conservation, and make America less dependent on foreign sources of energy." -- 2004 SOTU.
" Join me in this important innovation to make our air significantly cleaner, and our country much less dependent on foreign sources of energy." -- 2003 SOTU.
"This Congress must act to encourage conservation, promote technology, build infrastructure, and it must act to increase energy production at home so America is less dependent on foreign oil." -- 2002 SOTU.
"America must become more energy-independent, and we will." -- 2001 SOTU.
"May 2, 2006 -- Today Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski and Attorney General Hardy Myers filed a lawsuit challenging the Bush Administration’s new fuel economy standards for SUVs and light trucks, alleging the rules fail to address global warming and other harmful effects on the environment. The state also challenges an assertion in this new federal rule that claims that only the federal government can regulate motor vehicle carbon dioxide emissions. . . . Oregon joined nine other states, the District of Columbia, and the City of New York in filing the lawsuit in the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The lawsuit alleges the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in adopting the fuel economy standards, violated the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA). Both federal laws require the government to determine the impacts of new regulations on fuel conservation and the environment."
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