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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
January 24, 2007

Fact Sheet: Strengthening America's Energy Security and Improving the Environment

      President Bush Discusses Energy Initiative
      In Focus: Energy

"I came wondering whether or not cellulosic ethanol was one of these things down the road that may be happening, may not, could end up being science or science fiction. It's going to be science. It's working."

- President George W. Bush, 1/24/07

Today, President Bush Toured The DuPont Experimental Station In Wilmington, Delaware, And Discussed His Initiatives To Strengthen America's Energy Security And Improve The Environment. Thanks to researchers like those at the DuPont Experimental Station, America is on the path to greater energy security. The DuPont Experimental Station was one of the first industrial research and development facilities in the United States. Researchers there are now working on ways to produce cellulosic ethanol from the stalk and leaves that are left in the field after farmers harvest their crop, and the President participated in a tour focusing on this research.

This Morning, President Bush Signed An Executive Order To Support Alternative Fuel Use And Help The Federal Government Reduce Oil Use. The Order requires Federal Agencies to lead by example in advancing the Nation's energy security and environmental performance through effective environmental, energy, and transportation management.

In The State Of The Union Address, President Bush Announced His "Twenty In Ten" Plan To Reduce U.S. Gasoline Usage By 20 Percent In The Next Ten Years. President Bush called on Congress and all Americans to join him in pursuing the goal of reducing U.S. gasoline usage, which will help increase our Nation's energy security by reducing our dependence on oil. Achieving this goal will also help address climate change concerns by potentially stopping the projected growth of carbon dioxide emissions from cars, light trucks, and SUVs within 10 years.

America Will Reach The President's Twenty In Ten Goal By:

1. Increasing The Supply Of Renewable And Alternative Fuels By Setting A Mandatory Fuels Standard To Require 35 Billion Gallons Of Renewable And Alternative Fuels In 2017 – Nearly Five Times The 2012 Target Now In Law. In 2017, this will displace 15 percent of projected annual gasoline use.

2. Reforming And Modernizing Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) Standards For Cars And Extending The Current Light Truck Rule. In 2017, this will reduce projected annual gasoline use by up to 8.5 billion gallons, a further 5 percent reduction that, in combination with increasing the supply of renewable and alternative fuels, will bring the total reduction in projected annual gasoline use to 20 percent.

To Help Meet The President's Twenty In Ten Goal, The Federal Government Will Contribute To The National Effort To Reduce Oil Use And Improve Environmental And Energy Performance

The Executive Order President Bush Signed This Morning Directs The Federal Government To:

Requiring The Federal Government To Invest In New Sources Of Energy Will Help Diversify America's Energy Supply. The Federal government is the largest purchaser and user of energy in the world. The requirements of the Executive Order will help protect our environment and confront the serious challenge of global climate change.

Strengthening America's Energy Security

The President's Plan To Strengthen America's Energy Security Also Includes:

More Information On The President's State Of The Union Proposal For Strengthening America's Energy Security Is Available At: /stateoftheunion/2007/initiatives/energy.html.

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