It has long been predicted that President Bush would use this Tuesday's State of the Union to advance a new administration energy policy. That's likely. But, what's still not known is how much of a priority Bush will make the issue in both the speech and in follow-up. And, importantly to many in the tech industry, how much will the policy focus on greentech -- both in alternative energies and tech-driven energy efficiencies.
As long as nearly two years ago, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman has suggested that Bush providing a new vision on energy policy and related environmental issues could be his "Nixon in China" moment. Back in 2005, he said:
Imagine if George Bush did a Nixon-to-China and he brought the coalition together, bringing neocons and geo-greens together.
Now, in January 2007 and months after California Governor Schwarzenegger took the mantle as perhaps the most powerful greentech-friendly U.S. politician, it could be Bush's big moment. We'll know for sure on Tuesday.