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Bush visits NRI energy firm

US President Bush visited S Guha's alternative energy company in Michigan to make a point on oil.

india Updated: Feb 21, 2006 10:58 IST

US President George W. Bush paid a visit to Indian American Sudhendu Guha's alternative energy company in Michigan, United Solar Ovonic LLC, to hammer home his point on cutting the umbilical chord to Middle Eastern oil.

The visit Monday was part of Bush's nationwide tour to advance his energy initiative in the wake of rising oil prices and increasing tension in the Middle East.

United Solar president and COO Sudhendu Guha, a world-renowned authority in photovoltaic technology, has many years of experience in development and manufacturing of solar panels.

He serves on many national and international photovoltaic committees, including the Advisory Board of National Center for Photovoltaic, the body responsible for directing and implementing the US Department of Energy's strategy in photovoltaic.

Said Bush: "I just had an interesting tour of United Solar here in the state of Michigan. I also had the honour of meeting the inventor of a lot of the technology and the machines here."

He said he was very excited by what he saw at Guha's company.

"I'm excited about the future because we've got great inventors and great entrepreneurs here in our own country preparing for ways to enable the American people to get rid of our addiction to oil."

The oilman from Texas said he was struck by the commercial potential of solar technology.

"That's important to help us achieve a major goal, which is to become less dependent on foreign sources of oil," he noted.

Earlier in the day, Bush said energy prices were being driven higher by the needs of emerging economies.

"Energy is also part of our economic security, as well. That's obvious. I mean, the global demand for oil has been rising faster than supply because there's new economies that are beginning to gin up, new economies growing, like China and India."

"I know it came as a shock to some to hear a Texan stand up there in front of the country and say, we've got a real problem, America is addicted to oil."