In what the president probably hopes is not a repeat of last year's Social Security reform initiative, Dubya and his cabinet will be making stops at several companies involved in alternative energy research to push the energy agenda that was presented during last month's State of the Union address.

It thankfully doesn't appear as if there will be much talk about switch grass. Wisconsin-based battery maker Johnson Controls is on Bush's itinerary, as is Michigan's United Solar Ovonic - a company that has some rather deep history in the field of alternative-energy cars (it provided batteries for the EV1, and was a pioneer in NiMH battery technology). Needless to say, the promise of decreased energy dependence and job growth will play well right now in the midwest.


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