In his State of The Union address, Bush called for the United States to develop alternative energy sources, including renewable energy (wind, solar power, etc.).
Now he’s on a speaking tour to push those ideas.
Today, Bush is to speak at National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado.
Slight problem though: Last month, many people were let go from NREL due to budget cutbacks.
Not to worry though. The Energy Department shoved $5 million to the lab, taking money from other accounts, so that workers could be rehired before Bush arrives. You know, to avoid embarrassment.
UPDATE: Mixed messages:
President Bush on Tuesday acknowledged that Washington has sent "mixed signals" to one of the nation’s premiere labs studying renewable energies — by first laying off, then reinstating, 32 workers just before his visit.