Addicted to oil

Reuters has a follow up on U.S. president Bush's state of the union speech, where he said the U.S. is addicted to oil. Well, it is not just the U.S., of course, but also Europe and Japan. Quote:

Bush said he envisioned a future in which a plug-in hybrid car could drive 40 miles (64 km) on a lithium-ion battery, then stop at a filling station for ethanol, a fuel usually made from corn. "We're close to having this vision realised in America," Bush said. The trip could be conducted without consuming a drop of oil, he said. Bush in his State of the Union address last month said the United States must break an addiction to Middle East oil. He has called for improving alternative-fuel technology to reduce US oil imports from the region by 75 percent by 2025. He has promoted alternative fuels such as ethanol, and research into producing fuel from wood chips or grasses.

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