Democrat Governors Push Healthcare and Energy Subsidies

The Democratic governors' plan would divert $2.6 billion in U.S. subsidies to oil companies to develop alternative energy sources such as coal gasification, wind and solar power.

Published: 26-Jan-2006

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic state governors on Tuesday urged President George W. Bush to adopt their proposal for $51 billion in annual federal subsidies for health care, alternative energy and education, saying it would improve America's global economic competitiveness.

Joining a chorus of Democrats highlighting alternative agendas ahead of Bush's State of the Union speech next week, Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell said the United States is falling behind other nations in trade and education while it increases its dependence on foreign oil.

"Unless we do something, we will become less competitive with the rest of the world. We will no longer be the economic leader," Rendell told reporters in Washington.


Playing catch-up a decade late, the world's auto giants now find that they have to lease or buy technology from Toyota.

Spc. Jeffrey Hamme and Staff Sgt. Michelangelo Merksamer of HHC, 1/506th Infantry, point out features of the Hybrid Electric Humvee at the AUSA Annual Meeting earlier this month. The two Soldiers participated in a Military Utility Assessment of the prototype vehicle last month at Fort Campbell, Ky.

Ford's 'Hybrid Patrol,' a 10-city initiative this fall that aims to show hybrid drivers how to drive for best fuel economy. EV World photo of Bill and Lisa Hammond on way to first Ford Patrol event in Detroit during stop-over in Omaha.


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