What’s Bush Doing Hanging Out With Enviros? – The Answer’s Blowing in the Wind

President George W. Bush has made very few public appearances since leaving Washington last year.
He hit the motivational speaker circuit last fall, and spoke at the Safari Club International Annual Hunters’ Convention in Reno, Nevada in January. Next month, he will appear at the 2010 national conference of the wind power industry in Dallas, Texas. The Texas native will apparently be advocating the virtues of wind power at the meeting, sponsored by the American Wind Energy Association.
George W Bush
The following is from AWEA’s blog:

“The former president will talk about his experience as Texas’s governor, and as President, in advancing the wind energy agenda. (Texas is the number one wind state in the United States and, though most people don’t realize it, it was President Bush who first raised the prospect of getting 20% of U.S. electricity from wind”.)

“Raised the prospect” is interestingly worded. Bush indeed signed into law a strong renewable energy standard in Texas 1999 as governor. Texas, since, has more installed wind capacity than any other state. As president he did say in 2007 that the country could draw 20% of its power from wind by 2030, but he did not actually take the steps necessary to make it happen.

Bush reportedly charges $150,000 for his appearances, though he does home-town events like this one at a discounted rate: just $100,000. The conference will also feature Jason Alexander, a.k.a George Costanza from Seinfeld.

The Queen is full of hot air

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Image by Stuck in Customs via Flickr

Queen Elizabeth of Britain is acquiring the world’s largest wind turbine. When construction is completed in 2012, it will light up 7,500 British homes.

Just for comparison, the world’s smallest wind turbine can power exactly 2 LED lights.

I can already imagine the Queen standing at the window, blowing at her tiny wind turbine at night, as she watches over at the ocean, where her massive monument is spinning and swirling for her pleasure. “This is fun,” she thinks to herself, “I should get one for Charles as well.”