Recent remarks by President Bush

President Bush puts it bluntly:
In my judgment, we're going to have to get off oil as much as possible to remain a competitive economy. And I'm looking forward to working with Congress to do just that. I'm optimistic about some of the reports I've heard about new battery technologies that will be coming to the market that'll enable, you know, people who -- people to drive the first 20 miles, for example, on electricity. That'll be the initial phase -- and, then, up to 40 miles on battery technologies. That'll be positive, particularly if you live in a big city. A lot of people don't drive more than 20 miles or 40 miles a day. And, therefore, those urban dwellers who aren't driving that much won't be using any gasoline on a daily basis. And that will be helpful to the country. I'm pleased with the fact that we've gone from about a billion gallons of ethanol to over five billion gallons of ethanol in a very quick period of time -- mainly derived from corn here in the United States. But there's been great progress and we need to continue to spend money on cellulosic ethanol. That means new technologies that will enable us to use wood chips, for example, or switch grass as the fuel stocks for the development of new types of fuels that will enable American drivers to diversify away from gasoline.

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