George W. Bush, the Green Energy President?

May 26, 2010

Maybe not, but certainly a green energy Governor.  Bush 43 was the keynote speaker at the American Wind Energy Association Conference in Dallas yesterday, where he received “raucous applause and a standing ovation,” according to this first hand report from Bill Opalka at RenewablesBiz.com.

Although his many opponents like to paint Bush as a simplistic front man for a cabal of oil industry leaders, he was, in fact, an early leader in the drive to make Texas a dominant force in the wind power industry.  Opalka reports:

“He even repeated his warning from a State of the Union address that the U.S. was dangerously “addicted to oil,” which wasn’t the usual line from a Texas politician. Or how that was dangerous to national security, which is so common today that dissenters to that view are hard to find.

But he kept returning to the uncontested legacy in wind, which he described as rewarding his faith in technology and free markets.

As he concluded his remarks, Bush noted “We said we were going to get 2,000 megawatts in 10 years but we hand no way of knowing we would reach 10,000 megawatts in 11 years.”

And for that, he was given a hero’s send-off. It was clearly Bush’s crowd, and Bush’s day in Dallas.”


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