Detroit Must Help America End Its "Oil Addiction"

Bush's State of the Union speech addressed a sensitive topic for Detroit's automakers: America's energy dependence.

Published: 02-Feb-2006

WASHINGTON -- President George W. Bush's State of the Union speech Tuesday addressed a sensitive topic for Detroit's automakers: America's energy dependence.

He pledged to increase government research that would lead to better batteries for gasoline-electric hybrid and electric cars and fund research that would make ethanol fuel more a practical alternative.

"By applying the talent and technology of America, this country can dramatically improve our environment, move beyond a petroleum-based economy and make our dependence on Middle Eastern oil a thing of the past," Bush said.

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