MIT Whiz Kids and “Unlimited Solar Power”

Check this article out. Scientists at MIT have discovered a methodology they think could have us using nothing but unlimited clean solar energy in ten years. Hard to beleive I know, but amazing none the less.


Friedman: There is now only one Green Candidate

Thomas Friedman at the NY Times, give us his take on the Palin choice. Now there is only one “green” choice, and it’s Barack Obama. Some passages:

…With his choice of Sarah Palin — the Alaska governor who has advocated drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and does not believe mankind is playing any role in climate change — for vice president, John McCain has completed his makeover from the greenest Republican to run for president to just another representative of big oil…

“One of McCain’s last independent policies putting him at odds with Bush was his opposition to drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge,” added Pope, “yet he has now picked a running mate who has opposed holding big oil accountable and been dismissive of alternative energy while focusing her work on more oil drilling in a wildlife refuge and off of our coasts. While the northern edge of her state literally falls into the rising Arctic Ocean, Sarah Palin says, ‘The jury is still out on global warming.’ She’s the one hanging the jury — and John McCain is going to let her.”

The Energy Debate, still more heat than light

No one thought that the economy and even more so energy would be the center of the debate between the two presidential candidates, certainly not a year ago. And yet here we are debating of all things energy policy. One of the disappointments of this general election has been the way neither candidate has really dealt with this issue candidly. Senators Obama and McCain have cranked up the pander volume and continue to let the same play list roll. 

Senator Obama’s idea seems to be tax the bad guys. Oil companies are bad, so we should tax their huge profits. Not only is this simply punitive, it does nothing relieve what we should be facing, a growing deficit in energy supply versus energy demand. 

Senator McCain apparently lives on the other side of energy fantasy land. Off shore drilling will solve our problems. Adding domestic supply will lower prices globally and let us continue our oil happy ways. Except of course that new oil from new rigs doesn’t come online for 7 to 10 years. Now I’m no expert, but I have a feeling that China and India’s demand for oil will probably outpace our ability to drill for more of it. Especially given that North America accounts for 3% of the world’s oil reserves. 

Both candidates are intelligent people. They know what we all know. There is no easy answer to this. China and India’s demand for oil and energy in general is growing, our own demand won’t ebb any time soon. As such, we will have to deal with this issue in the long term, something no politician seems to be good at these days. I would like to see one of these men stand up straight and tell the American people, “we are going to have to sacrifice through a period of expensive energy to give our children a day of healthy alternatives.” I need one of them to tell us the truth. That this is going to get harder before it gets easier and we might be paying 8 dollars a gallon for awhile. Only that kind of brutal honesty will get people to move on new forms of energy. Removing the impediments to solar, wind, and nuclear power, while getting private industry working can and will get us along way to solving this. So will making so-called “brown” energy expensive, forcing people to curb their consumption. 

Why can’t we have a little honesty in this debate? As always the comments section awaits….

Candidate Challenge: McCain, really Country First?

John McCain’s campaign slogan is “Country First.” If that’s so let me ask a few questions.

Senator McCain, does it put the “Country First” to preach about off-shore drilling to solve our energy problems, when in fact North America accounts for about 3% of oil reserves in the world?

Does it put “Country First” to make President Bush’s tax cuts permanent, and promise more tax cuts, without providing a method to pay for them?

Does it put ‘Country First” to “solve” our healthcare crisis with more market choice? When market choice has been the system for the last century and has led to the dismal state of health care today?

Does it put “Country First” to solve national education with more school choice? Or shouldn’t every child have access to the best school?

Does it put “Country First” to stay in Iraq as long as you feel necessary, but also promise to add troops to the campaign in Afghanistan? 

Senator McCain, does it put “Country First” to insult your opponent, distort his positions, and paint him as a vapid celebrity? Senator McCain, is it “Country First” to assume we are somehow stupid?

Senator McCain, why not put “Country First” and start engaging in an honest debate. 

SEE ALSO: Our Challenge to Obama

Candidate Challenge: Barack Obama, “Change, We Can Believe In?”

Senator Obama, your campaign slogan is “Change, We Can Believe In” well I have some questions as to why we should believe in the Change you promise.

Senator Obama, can I believe you will be able to end our occupation of Iraq in 16 months? What if conditions change? Is it 16 months no matter what? Or is it condidtions based? If so why not say that.

Can I believe you are going to engage in honest debate. Why not admit the surge worked? You were one of many (including this blogger) that thought the surge would fail. It didn’t. Things improved, why not say so? Can I believe you will be a good commander in chief if you can’t respond to changing conditions on the ground? I’ve gone through eight years of stubborn presidency, I don’t want four more. 

Can I believe you will provide universal healthcare? If so how are you going to pay for it with the economy in recession?

Can I believe you will do the politically challenging work of moving America to alternative energy? You were against off-shore drilling, but are now showing some wiggle room. Why aren’t you forcefully arguing for an alternative energy program. Why is your energy plan so vague? 

Can I believe the rules are really going to change in Washington? You promise to change the way Washington operates, yet you have no legislative background to support this. 

Can I believe you will really relieve middle class taxes once you are President? Staring down the barrel of recession, will you have the guts to raise taxes on wealthy Americans and corporations? 

Can I believe you will enact the changes you promised? When Senator McCain launched the idea of Lincoln-Douglass style debates, you claimed to be open to it. But have since shut them down, why? Perhaps if you hadn’t McCain wouldn’t have been able to run these sleazy ads, and you wouldn’t respond in kind. 

Senator Obama, I want to believe. Can you give me a reason?

SEE ALSO: Our Challenge to McCain