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State of the Union mentions EVs, but lofty goals are evaporating

One year ago, President Obama used his State of the Union address to set a bold goal of U.S. consumers buying 1 million electric cars by 2015. But consumers aren't biting, and the Department of Energy and the White House are backing away.

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Over at the official Tesla Blog today, CEO Martin Eberhard gives his impression's of last night's State of the Union address including a reference to Bush's mention of "Nucular" energy. Eberhard makes a point about not commenting on anything other than the energy part of the speech, but it's clear from his tone, that he is not a fan of the current administration. He acknowledged that at last Bush actually uttered the words, "Global Climate Change", but seemed unimpressed by the rest. As expected

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OK, so the alternative energy part of the President's State of the Union speech went pretty much as expected tonight. He did say "global climate change", which drew plenty of applause, as did his call to reduce gasoline usage by 20 percent in the next ten years. Better fuel economy for cars and using more ethanol are the ways to do this, Bush said.

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President Bush will be addressing his first State of the Union to a Democratic-controlled Congress in about a half hour. At that time, many people in the country will be in a bad mood because their favorite TV show on Tuesday night was just preempted. Many will change the channel to watch something on cable, but some will stay to watch the president speak, and energy is one topic that will surely be discussed.

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The new Democratic Congress will be sworn in tomorrow, and the annual ritual of the Presidential State of the Union speech will follow in a few weeks' time. Last year, the Decider-in-Chief said America was "addicted to oil." What will his environmental and energy message be this year?

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