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Renewable Energy Leadership in the States

In President Bush's State of the Union this year, he declared a need to wean America off its addiction to oil. But as the residents of Colorado learned, there's more to policy than mere pretty words. Shortly after President Bush announced his intent to break our addiction, the federal government cut funding for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Colorado. President Bush was scheduled to visit Colorado to visit the NREL. Local activists (especially the good folks at Progress Now) called the White House out on the discrepancy. The workers have their jobs back. But while the federal government is flip-flopping on energy, states have been leading the charge. Nine Governors have signed on with the Apollo Alliance, a plan to create new jobs in America, decrease dependence on foreign oil, and leave future generations with a cleaner planet.