Interview With The Dubya
In a ground-breaking interview to mark his 60th birthday, President George W. Bush was quizzed by Larry King of CNN.
His comments on environmental issues were particularly enlightening; here's a snip of the transcript:
KING: Al Gore was on recently on this program and concerning the environment he said, "President Bush and Vice President Cheney have anointed to any key position that has anything to do with climate change special interest spokesmen for the oil companies, coal companies, and this is no secret." How do you respond to that?
G. BUSH: Um.
KING: Have you seen his film?
G. BUSH: No I haven't seen it but I guess politics never stops. We have done a lot to deal with greenhouse gases by advancing new technologies. I campaigned against Al Gore. I said we're going to spend money for clean coal technologies and we're in the process of doing that and one of these days people are going to look back and say, well, thank goodness the Bush administration made these investments because we'll be able to have electricity from coal that won't pollute.
KING: Why do you think he put a bad rap on you?
G. BUSH: I don't know why. Politics, I guess. But we're the ones -- my administration started the hydrogen initiative. Spent over a billion dollars for research in the hopes that we'll be able to power our automobiles by hydrogen, which would be an amazing advance in -- in -- in -- in -- in cleaning the environment. We've done more on ethanol that any administration. We've got a great record and -- but this town is full of politics. People just say what they want to say.
In other words:
- Bush doesn't care enough about the environment to even consider viewing Al Gore's widely acclaimed movie 'An Inconvenient Truth'
- He thinks that investment in 'pie in the sky' alternative technologies like hydrogen is a valid substitute for reducing energy consumption
- He doesn't give a fuck what anyone says about his administration's environmental record.
Read the full transcript of the interview at www.cnn.com
But be quick. CNN say "THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED".
Why an update might be required, and what form it might take, we can only speculate.