...Obama's energy policy proposals ...: should this subject indeed be his #1 priority? What should be his #1 priority? Can you see a "new energy economy" working? Is that the way to go?
kill two (or more) birds with one stone. sounds like a smart idea to me.
i think that having something like this could also do wonders for the country's case of national depression. people in america have been in a bad headspace for years over all of the crap that's been going on. the level of general cynicism is higher than i've ever seen it.
one of the biggest things i have against bush is that he not only hasn't done much to keep the national tenor up, he's pretty much ignored that anything could possibly be wrong with the big picture. until money became an issue. then he's on the tube every day to "address the nation". yeah, at a time when people are either asleep, getting off to work or at work. a real leader, i tell ya.
so i think it would be a really good thing for people to get excited about actually doing something on a big scale that is not only positive for environmental types, but also should be interesting to entrepreneurs and the people who want to quit funding our adversaries in the middle east. it should be exciting to actually have a national goal of energy independence. industrial, military and pro technologies always filter down to the consumer level.
although i'm tempted to list the early space program as the most significant "changer" of our lifetime, digital technology is probably more important since without computerization space exploration would not have been possible. alternative energy development could be a similar technology. i don't think it's far-fetched to envision a day when "the grid" will be greatly reduced as individual dwellings take on compartmentalized responsibility for their energy via a combination of smaller, and more affordable ways of generating their own. where's the downside to getting in your car and driving away knowing that you're not only keeping things cleaner, but sticking it to the oil producing countries that are sticking it to us now; and the ones that will have the capability to do so in the near future?
look, one of the biggest reasons that i've grown to appreciate obama is that he has nothing at all to do with the sixties. i'm so freakin' tired of refighting the revolution, refighting vietnam and all of the other stuff. borrrr-ingggg...
hippies and rednecks. that was then. this now. and i don't see how we are ever going to make in progress if everyone's spending all of their time looking over their shoulder. just doesn't seem like any way to live to me.
if nothing else, it would be great to develop a new homegrown industry that would be a huge job creator, as was the space program.