Not Nearly Far Enough
Posted by keelynet on July 19, 2009
Doubt this will happen as Obama’s focus is getting media attention for himself and wasting our money.
“We’ve heard, almost ad nauseum, about carbon footprints, green jobs, and the standard “lose our dependence on foreign oil” until many of us just want to say “all right, already. we get it”. While all these things are good, we have yet to hear what we as a country need to hear–a serious smackdown challenge to the entire nation. These things we talk about, such as the recent cap and trade legislation, are all nice but they don’t go nearly far enough. We need the president to say the following:
We will be completely off ALL fossil fuels within twenty years!
That’s right, I said ALL fossil fuels. Oil, natural gas, coal, you name it. And within twenty years. Especially now, forty years after Apollo 11 showed us how far we can advance in less than a decade.
When President Kennedy told us we would do it, we didn’t know how to do it, or what we were doing, we just did it. That’s the goal here–clean, renewable, and dirt cheap (like almost free) energy and fuel sources.
I know it sounds like an unreachable goal. It will take a complete invention of a totally new technology. Technology for manufacturing, for power generation, for transportation, for power consumption in the home. What will it take? A one hundred percent commitment on the part of schools and universities to focus on science.
Tax grants and benefits to researchers. Grants for ideas, no matter how bizarre.
To pay for it? Here’s the fun part. The major oil and energy companies which make billions from us can afford a surtax for some of this research and development, and incentives can be offered to them to do much of this research for themselves–after all, if you give them a piece of the action, as it were, they’ll be more amenable to change.” – Source
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