Bush Promotes Alternative Fuel Technologies for Cars

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

pumping stations.

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.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)