In a Labor Day speech in Richfield, OH, President George W. Bush said the U.S. still needs to rework its energy and highway policies – largely in light of last month's electrical blackout that affected the Northeast and part of the Midwest, rising fuel prices, and the deteriorating condition of the nation’s highways.
“I've been talking about this for a couple of years – Congress needs to get me an energy bill,” said President Bush. “You learned firsthand what it means to modernize the electricity grid, if you know what I mean. The electrical grid needs to be modernized.”
President Bush added that a sound energy policy goes together with a good highway policy.
“We want people driving on better roads. We want to be able to deal with congestion so we can get our people moving around,” President Bush said.