Bush Poses with Hybrid SUV While Calling for ANWR Drilling

President calls fuel cells 'wave of the future.'

Published: 25-Feb-2002

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Calling fuel cells and hybrid cars "the wave of the future" but not the solution to dependence on foreign oil, President Bush on Monday urged drilling in a pristine Alaskan wildlife refuge.

With three gleaming U.S.-made energy-saving experimental vehicles -- none of which is available yet to consumers -- parked behind him at the White House diplomatic entrance, Bush focused on his commitment to conservation rather than his controversial plan to open Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas exploration.

He pressed the Senate to pass a comprehensive energy plan embracing increased production as well as conservation, saying it would create jobs and help wean America from foreign oil.



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