Speaking in West Virginia today, President Bush says that "he's using his last six months in office to push new energy plans that include electricity from coal."
According to the Associated Press, Bush said "there is no more reliable source of electricity than coal." He also said that promoting a variety of energy sources will be part of the "sprint to the finish" he plans for his presidency.
Unfortunately coal is also a very reliable source, in fact the largest source, of human-produced mercury emissions.
Its also a very reliable source of greenhouse gas.
With all the health and environmental problems related to coal wouldn't it make more sense for Bush to sprint towards long-term renewable energy sources like wind, solar and geothermal technology?
That would be a legacy he'd be remembered for. But this presidency has never had much to do with what makes sense.