Might as well face it
The good folks at Rainforest Action Network suspect George Bush might have cribbed off of their Jumpstart Ford campaign in his State of the Union address.
From Bush's speech: "Keeping America competitive requires affordable energy. Here we have a serious problem: America is addicted to oil, which is often imported from unstable parts of the world."
Rainforest Action Network's blog, Understory, smelled a hint of plagiarism: "Whoa! Wait a sec... isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t that the language weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been using for the last year? Ya gotta wonder if the President got lost on the Ã¢â‚¬ËœNet and stumbled upon our Jumpstart Ford campaign webpage. Bush made grand promises for funding everything from nuclear energy and switch grass to clean coal and hybrids (gasp!) but failed to mention plugins (PHEVs) as one of the best alternatives to fossil fuels."
Rainforest Action has an excellent campaign going to complement Bush's "addicted to oil" statement: a push for everyone to sign a Declaration of Independence from Oil (and a great animated film to go along with it). There's a pretty devastating little fact-o I picked up: Ford's Model-T was a 24 mpg car, and the current Ford Expedition is a 12 mpg disaster.
Goes to show, "progress" isn't time sensitive.