Last updated on: 12/2/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

George W. Bush, MBA Biography

Title:
43rd President of the United States
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"
Reasoning:

“For too long our nation has been dependent on foreign oil…

It’s in our vital interest to diversify America’s energy supply — the way forward is through technology. We must continue changing the way America generates electric power, by even greater use of clean coal technology, solar and wind energy, and clean, safe nuclear power. We need to press on with battery research for plug-in and hybrid vehicles, and expand the use of clean diesel vehicles and biodiesel fuel. We must continue investing in new methods of producing ethanol — using everything from wood chips to grasses, to agricultural wastes.

We made a lot of progress, thanks to good policies here in Washington and the strong response of the market. And now even more dramatic advances are within reach. Tonight, I ask Congress to join me in pursuing a great goal. Let us build on the work we’ve done and reduce gasoline usage in the United States by 20 percent in the next 10 years.”

State of the Union Address, Jan. 23, 2007

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • 43rd President of the United States, 2000-2008
  • Governor of Texas, 1995-2000
  • Former Co-owner, Texas Rangers baseball franchise
  • Advisor and Speechwriter for the George H.W. Bush 1988 and 1992 presidential campaigns
  • Former Director, Harken Energy Corporation
  • Founder and CEO, Arbusto Energy, 1978
  • F-102 fighter pilot, Texas Air National Guard, 1968-1973
Education:
  • MBA, Harvard Business School, 1975
  • BA, Yale University, 1968
Other:

Select Legislation passed during the Bush Administration:

  • Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007
  • John Warner National Defense Authorization Act, 2007
  • Unprivileged Combatant Act, 2006
  • Detainee Treatment Act, 2005
  • Medicare Act, 2003
  • No Child Left Behind Act, 2002
  • Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to
  • Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act (USA PATRIOT Act), 2001
  • Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act (EGTRRA), 2001
Quoted in:
  1. Will Alternative Energy Development Increase US Energy Independence and Security?