Bush calls for refineries, clean diesel in energy agenda

| Thursday, April 28, 2005

Addressing attendees of the National Small Business Conference, President Bush on April 27 urged Congress to act on an energy plan that will focus on increasing energy production in America while decreasing our dependence on foreign energy sources.

“Our dependence on foreign energy is like a tax on the American people,” he said. “It’s a tax our citizens pay every day in higher gasoline prices and higher costs to heat and cool their homes.”

Bush called for a loosening of restrictions to allow the construction of more nuclear power plants as well as oil refineries in the United States. He said he wants the United States to start building nuclear plants by 2010, and to open up unused government lands – such as military bases – for the construction of new oil refineries.

“Technology has allowed us to better control emissions and improve the efficiency and environmental performance of our existing refineries,” he said. “Yet there have been no new oil refineries built in the United States since 1976. And existing refineries are running at full capacity.”

The president also called for auto manufacturers to build a “new generation of modern, clean diesel cars and trucks.” He cited rules issued by his administration that have called for the removal of more than 90 percent of the sulfur in diesel fuel by 2010.

“Clean diesel technology will allow consumers to travel much farther on each gallon of fuel, without the smoke and pollution of past diesel engines,” he said.

Bush said he has proposed $2.5 million in tax credits over 10 years to encourage consumers to buy hybrid cars and trucks. He wants to extend those credits to include clean diesel vehicles as well.

In addition, he said that ethanol and biodiesel are a big part of his energy plan.

“This proposal would require fuel producers to include a certain percentage of ethanol and biodiesel in their fuel and would increase the amount of these renewables in our nation’s fuel supply,” he said.

Bush also restated his call for drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and called for the construction of a pipeline to bring Alaskan natural gas to the rest of the United States.

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