Jun 162010

I read Mr. Obama’s speech with great interest this morning curious to see if the word “sustainable” would show up anywhere. It did not. He pointed out that we have a problem with oil:

“For decades, we have known the days of cheap and easily accessible oil were numbered. For decades, we’ve talked and talked about the need to end America’s century-long addiction to fossil fuels. And for decades, we have failed to act with the sense of urgency that this challenge requires. Time and again, the path forward has been blocked — not only by oil industry lobbyists, but also by a lack of political courage and candor.”

But his solution is the techno one of shifting from oil to wind and solar. His implied message was that “happy motoring” must continue some way or another. Continued growth is the only solution. That continued growth might be able to evolve from a new, clean, green, energy industry.

“Each of us has a part to play in a new future that will benefit all of us. As we recover from this recession, the transition to clean energy has the potential to grow our economy and create millions of jobs -– but only if we accelerate that transition.”

Unfortunately, wind turbines, solar panels and energy efficient windows will not power the fleet of cars and trucks we currently have in service; certainly not in the way that petroleum does.

We’ll have a commission and a study and a new manager for the Minerals Management Service and a battle and a challenge and we’ll “fight for the America we want for our children. Even if we’re unsure exactly what that looks like. Even if we don’t yet know precisely how we’re going to get there. We know we’ll get there.” This is pretty stern stuff, isn’t it?

Obama’s speech ends with a call to prayer—a faith-based solution. I’m starting to feel sorry for this guy.

But I guess we won’t talk about how to create a sustainable future because that probably wouldn’t be too good for business. Apparently, we’ll just wait for the oily deja vu that is certain to come again. Oh wait, this Gulf story is the deja vu.


  One Response to “Deja Vu”

  1. I agree that oil has lubricated our economy and made it possible for 6.5 billion people to live “mostly” comfortably on this planet. I agree oil will run out soon (or at least cheap oil will run out soon). I agree that when it does people will die not by millions but perhaps by the billions. I agree we need some “alternative”. But there is no “viable” alternative. Solar (PV) and wind are incredibly inefficient (a fact that must be hidden by massive subsidies). Nuclear is both practical and easy to implement but when we finally accept that fact it will be too little too late. There are no viable alternatives on the horizon and given what we know about physics and chemistry it is unlikely one will appear. So where we disagree is: that it was ever possible for us to wean ourselves off of oil onto a new clean green energy source. 100% of the so called green industry is nothing more then a giant scam to extract large sums of money from taxpayers. There is no “clean green energy”!!! There won’t be one!!! Billions will/must die!!! And you wonder why we haven’t all come together and gone green??? Tell you what. You go first and don’t use tax money or other subsidies to do it. Good luck!

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