31st January 2006 - 01:32 AM
President Kennedy espoused the Appollo program as a great goal that was worth achieving, and we did it. Now, my question is: can a political candidate paint a picture of a country/world in which we use only "clean" and/or renewable energy, and win an election? It seems to me that the time is ripe.
My next question is: Should a candidate win on this type of platform, can he (and the US) follow up on the dream by the year 2020? How much is really possible if we really put "Appollo" type effort into it?
31st January 2006 - 02:43 AM
I don't think so, mainly because the average citizen does not believe that clean, renewable energy is even possible. And people are too afraid of toileting the economy.
People care a lot more about many other things, than clean, cheap, renewable energy.
I can type the words "cheap energy is heavily connected to total wealth", but people don't really get what that means. Basically, the cheaper energy is, the more wealth everyone has.
31st January 2006 - 02:59 AM
What a shame if true. Then, what if we tie it to peace on earth (no more Iraq's)? People are excited about getting out of there right now. There are many ways to frame it if someone got creative (but still honest).
2nd February 2006 - 06:09 AM
A long time ago there was a leader that spoke highly of alternate energy programs. I even got a college grant for a curriculum designed for this field.
Then Jimmy Carter got voted out and ALL the funds were pulled.
For a while it was a very hot ticket to talk of weaning America away from foreign oil. Then oil prices came down and everyone stopped worrying.
Emphasis was turned to pollution and environmentalism.
CAN we? Of course we can..the technology is available.
WILL the politicos push this direction? Possibly!
Currently the larger industries are working on a way to make it profitable for there companies. Exxon happens to own a lot of solar patents.
Will the common man care.....only if he has to!
Or if a campaign occurs to build interest such as the space race!!!
I think the current goal is to use up all the Middle East oil first and then we have to play catch-up with the rest of the world!