EcoGeek is getting ready to launch a new blog this week...an environmental politics blog at EnviroWonk.com. Though the site isn't officially launched yet, I have to point people to the beta, because the chief editor, Dave Loos, just put together an amazing environmental analysis of the State of the Union address.
You should check that out for sure...but the only thing even slightly interesting on the energy and environment front was Bush's comments on an "International Clean Technology Fund."
Now, when I heard this, I thought, "Oh a fund to help finance research and development of clean technology internationally," which would be very cool. But it turns out that it's a fund to help developing countries invest in clean energy. And while that sounds like a fantastic idea to me, it feels like that's the kind of thing that we could throw money at indefinitely, and not see much of a result.
Bush is apparently proposing $2 billion for the fund. I'm sure that it will help, but I almost think it would be more intelligent to try to use that money to make the technology cheaper everywhere than to subsidize it specifically in the developing world. Anyway, there you have the ONLY piece of news from the State of the Union that is in any way interesting. Now we can move on to pretending he's not there.
written by Magnulus, January 29, 2008
written by weee, January 30, 2008
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