Here's the comment that really made me slap my forehead and say "doh!":
"America is on the verge of technological breakthroughs that will enable us to live our lives less dependent on oil. These technologies will help us become better stewards of the environment — and they will help us to confront the serious challenge of global climate change."Great, he's uttered "global climate change" - he's now caught up with members of his own party and the vast majority of the nation. At the same time that that revelation occurred, he should have made the rallying cry for a national renewable energy project - something visionary like the Apollo Project. Let's see some meat! And what's this about "America is on the verge of technological breakthroughs?" We're there NOW - Texas is leading the country with wind power, California is going all-out on solar, and the Midwest is driving the switch to homegrown fuels. Where has he been?
Speaking of fuels, it was good to hear him talking about ethanol made from materials more sustainable and efficient than corn. And reducing gasoline consumption 20% in the next 10 years is impressive - let's see the details. His mention of battery research for plug-in hybrid vehicles is also encouraging, although concrete market incentives to get these things on the road would be more impressive than continuing to study them in the ivory tower.
Unfortunately, "clean coal" topped the list of ways to "change the way America generates electric power." As soon as "clean" coal exists, I'm sure the President will be the first to show us. In the meantime, let's use renewable energy that's already clean and cheap to power our lives and drive our economy.