Many of you know that the company I work for ownes and manages The California Fuel Cell Partnership building in West Sacramento www.cafcp.org. The partnership includes the State of California several major automakers and many, many fuel providers all working together to bring fuel cell technology to the masses.
President Bush will be in California this weekend and he and Gov. Arnold will be stopping by our building on Saturday, Earth Day to make a speach. I have been asked by the folks at the partnership to volunteer to help with the activities etc for the day. Maybe I will get to meet him?
Here is the story from the local news station. They have been swarming the place since the announcement was made:
WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. — West Sacramento is getting ready to roll out the red carpet for President George W. Bush, but not everyone is looking forward to his Earth Day visit.
The president has not visited the Sacramento area in five years, but that will change this weekend when he shifts his focus to two issues that are very important to Californians — technology and the environment.
After speaking in Silicon Valley on Friday, the president is scheduled to observe Earth Day on Saturday with a visit to the California Fuel Cell Partnership in West Sacramento.
A spokeswoman for the partnership — a consortium of automakers and government agencies — declined to answer questions about their technology Monday, saying she\’d been instructed to refer all inquiries to the White House.
Environmental groups say the president\’s visit is curious.
\”This administration has systematically tried to roll back environmental laws. And so, for the president to think that a quick stop in Northern California to make some comments on the environment is going to get him some press on Earth Day, I see as a very cynical ploy,\” said Bill Walker, of Environmental Working Group. (This is BS… he has been pushing for fuel cell technology since the day he took office)
But Dan Sperling, director of the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Davis, said the presidential visit is not so strange.
\”The president likes to think that the solutions to our problems is technology and investments in technology, as opposed to people changing their behaviors. And so fuel cells fits that story line … it is something that he believes will solve our problems,\” Sperling said.
The last time Bush was in the Sacramento region was just a few weeks after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. He delivered an address at the Memorial Auditorium in Sacramento after landing at Travis Air Force Base.
Although details of a meeting have yet to be worked out, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said he\’s hoping to discuss levee money and immigration reform with the president.
\”He and I are pretty much in sync on immigration. We both believe that we should secure the borders and also have a temporary work permit, and make sure people can earn their way toward a permanent residence visa and possibly citizenship,\” Schwarzenegger said.
The governor is likely to bring up the issue of cost associated with border, including the cost of health care and jail time for illegal immigrants.
After his stop in West Sacramento, the president heads to Palm Springs for a fundraiser on Saturday night. He wraps up his California trip on Sunday in Twentynine Palms, where he\’ll have lunch with military families.
Wish me luck that I will get the opportunity to meet the President of these here United States of America. Or at least get a pic of me with him in the back ground. Now, what do I wear!