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Misstatement of the Union

The President burnishes the State of the Union through selective facts and strategic omissions.

Kerry and Bush Mislead Voters With Promises of Energy Independence

Summary
Both John Kerry and President Bush have promised voters that they will make America “energy independent.” But experts say both sides fall far short of what is necessary for energy independence in the next few decades.
Kerry focuses on conservation efforts, but most agree his plan is little more than an outline. Bush supports expanded drilling in Alaska to increase domestic oil supply, but the US has only about 3 percent of the world’s oil reserves.