April 22, 2006 - Posted at 1:26 p.m. CST
ST. HELENA, Calif. (AP) _ As Americans watch the prices spin
higher and higher on the signs at the corner gas station, President
Bush is talking about some energy-saving technology for cars. But
it's still many years away from widespread use.
In his weekly radio address, he promoted hydrogen fuel cell
technology in vehicles -- saying it can ''revolutionize the way we
power our cars.''
Bush said the technology can lead to ''vehicles that will emit
no pollution, and will be more efficient than gas-powered cars.''
Increased federal research into alternative fuels and batteries
for hybrid and electric cars is among the proposals outlined by
Bush in his State of the Union address. The administration is
hoping that the new run-up in gas prices will pressure Congress to
act on the proposals.
Hydrogen fuel cell technology won't be widely available anytime
soon. And once it's here, it would require a new system of
distributing hydrogen fuel to replace today's network of gasoline
Bush is in California, starting the day with a bike ride near a
Napa Valley resort where he's staying. It's not just an Earth Day
stunt -- he rides on most weekend mornings.