President George W Bush gave the keynote speech at the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) conference in Dallas, Texas yesterday.
In stark contrast to former times the Association’s members were politely reminded that microphones, cameras and video cameras were prohibited during the President’s address and the subsequent question and answer session.
The President was on sparkling form appearing well-rested after leaving office. His speech did not set out a grand vision for renewables, let alone wind energy. That’s now the job of others.
But in reminding his audience that he, as Governor Bush,Â signed the Texas renewable portfolio standard in 1999, he noted the long-term trend for renewable energy and placed a focus on Texas as the country’s leading wind generator State; with three times as much capacity as the second State, Iowa. That’s not an observation that many of his European detractors would be aware of. But it was a gentle reminder that politics is typically a lot more complicated than it might appear to outsiders.
Indeed the President, under questioning by the Association’s President, did reveal that his Crawford ranch farmed its rainwater and made good use of geothermal energy. Quite something for a non-signatory of the Kyoto Accord.
In fact it was the question and answer session in which his audience had the chance to see the real George Bush:
“I am not interested in generating news, I am not interested in being in the limelight and I am not interested in criticizing my successor.”
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