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State of the Union: “America is Addicted to Oil”

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Proposed funding by area for the Advanced Energy Initiative. Click to enlarge.

In his State of the Union 2006 address, President Bush announced the Advanced Energy Initiative—a 22% increase in clean-energy research at the Department of Energy (DOE).

The Initiative is intended to focus on providing breakthroughs in two areas: power for homes and businesses; and transportation.

Keeping America competitive requires affordable energy. And here we have a serious problem: America is addicted to oil, which is often imported from unstable parts of the world. The best way to break this addiction is through technology. Since 2001, we have spent nearly $10 billion to develop cleaner, cheaper, and more reliable alternative energy sources—and we are on the threshold of incredible advances.

[...] Breakthroughs on [these] and other new technologies will help us reach another great goal: to replace more than 75 percent of our oil imports from the Middle East by 2025.

—President George Bush

Funding proposals to support the Advanced Energy Initiative in the President’s 2007 Budget will include:

  • $150 million—a $59-million increase (65%) over FY06—for the Biorefinery Initiative, the purpose of which is to help develop bio-based transportation fuels from agricultural waste products, such as wood chips, stalks, or switch grass.

  • $30 million—an increase of $6.7 million (29%) over FY06—to speed up battery development for hybrids and plug-in hybrids.

  • $289 million—an increase of $53 million (22%) over FY06—to accelerate the development of hydrogen fuel cells and hydrogen-powered cars.

  • $281 million for the development of clean coal technologies. The President had committed $2 billion over 10 years to speed up research in the use of clean coal for power generation. The 2007 Budget request will nearly complete that $2-billion promise 4 years ahead of schedule, according to the White House.

  • $54 million for the FutureGen initiative—a public-private partnership to develop an emissions-free coal plant. (Earlier post.)

  • $148 million for a new Solar America Initiative—an increase of $65 million (78%) over FY06—to accelerate the development of solar photovoltaic cells.

  • $44 million for wind energy research—a $5-million increase (13%) over FY06 levels.

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Comments

odograph

Did I ever say forced? Think about it from my end, if I say conservation and people throw red-herrings like ....

oh forget about it. this is not a rational discussion.

tom deplume

In spite of all the opposition from the GOP Congress Clinton did come up with a prototype 60 mpg family sized car.
GOP? Could that mean Gorging On Petroleum?

Jag

So where's this 60mpg-prototype car now? Maybe Bill's x-wife got it as part of their divorce settlement awhile back and she’s now punishing the nation by hiding it somewhere in NY State. So go find it Tom! Our country will use something like >100 Quads of energy this year (>17 Billion B.O.E.Y. or >47 Million Barrels Of Oil Equivalent A Day). Brazil took something like +20 years to become oil independent as of this year 2006 and they started down that path decades ago! It’s pointless to blame the current congress for something that Jimmy Carter should have done while he was the President. He started the job but he just didn’t finish it! Oh look, Billy and Jimmy are both from the same Deadhead Party. Anyway, the donkey party doesn’t have time to help the nation become energy independent because it would take valuable time away from their vote buying pork feast! Sorry, the FTSE Market is still open and I need to get back to trading Crude Oil Futures Contracts!

http://newsvote.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/fds/hi/business/market_data/overview/default.stm

Aaron B

When the Aluminum battery comes out by Europositron and it gets into wide circulation the whole transportation issue will be GAME OVER! http://www.europositron.com

There will be no more "range issues" and EV's and hybrid EV's will be everywhere.
There are advanced tech's for hydrogen already developed that just need help to speed up their marketing.
One is http://www.cleanwatts.com/default.asp?id=start
another is http://www.millenniumcell.com/fw/main/default.asp
which is already getting money from the defense budget
There is another company that makes a gray metallic liquid that holds hydrogen and can be pumped and stored safely but I can't remember their name.
Clean coal technologies are already here too if the coal plant guys would just give it a damn try.
http://www.magnegas.com/
There are a couple of vertical axis windmills that would serve very well in low wind condition states and areas that could use subsidies from the government to get into everyday household use such as http://www.windside.com/ , Windaus Energy Inc. , http://www.encorecleanenergy.com/ see the Sidewinder.
Notice the water version of the sidewinder would also improve hydropower output greatly.

They should invest in the following solar tech:
The crystal Indium Gallium Nitride holds the greatest crystal based efficiency potential of all solar tech crystals which has already demonstrated to defy predictions that it wouldn't be able to tolerate the lattice stress of multiple layers differing in percentage of gallium/indium. They only need to figure out a P-junction to get it into practice.
A quick and lazy two layer version of this would have a 30% efficiency.

Livermore National Labs just thought up this neat trick to make an infrared panel that blows everything else away in power output. It involves putting a magnetocaloric layer material on top of a piezoelectric crystal layer with a thin piece of metal in between them that sticks out of the side a little bit. When the magnetocaloric material layer heats up it deforms the piezoelectric crystal underneath causing a very high voltage. The whole thing curls and the thin metal layer touches an outside contact discharging then it cools down and does it again. Works in reverse too.

Aaron B

Oh yeah, and one more thing.
http://www.theaircar.com

chillo

Air car! Air car!

LoL. Power to them, I hope they pull it off. With all the negativity surrounding oil and energy Aaron B's links just scratch the surface of what the human race is on the cusp of.

Even Prezzo Bush's token bullshit grants to "to replace more than 75 percent of our oil imports from the Middle East by 2025" mean nothing. A token gesture to make it look like he gives a shit. Someone mentioned an Apollo mission like commitment is needed here from the goverment, and Bush is doing the bare minimum. Not surprising giving who he rubs elbows with.

Watch oil prices go through the fucking roof as the industry goes through it's death rattle and we move onto a new era of clean transport. These big 7 oil companies will milk us for all we're worth over the coming years as they re-align themselves into the next big energy technologies.

The big 7 can't kill, bribe or coerce these gifted inventors and patent holders anymore ... there are just too many good ideas and technologies who's time has almost come. Bravo to the human spirit.

Screw Bush. Him and his oil cronies can roll around in their billions sucked out of the US economy while we greet a new dawn of cleaner energy. Thank god/creator/chaos/whatever that he can't be voted back in for another 4 years.

Thanks for the links Aaron.

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