Energy Policy for Future Generations
I am firmly entrenched in the renewable energy mindset. I look at the way that our nation lives and how we abuse energy in oh so many ways. We bitch and moan about the cost of gasoline and yet we continue to buy vehicles that get less gas mileage than the cars built in the early seventies. We bitch and moan about our dependence on other nations for our energy needs and yet refuse to look at the vast resources right here in the United States that are renewable. It seems to be ironic that we have an energy policy in this country that isn't about how we can sustain it or reduce it but how we can get more out of it by doing nothing.
President Obama was on topic in Miami recently when he spoke of the need for new sources of renewable energy that are right here in the good old USA....
You know there are no quick fixes to this problem. You know we can’t just drill our way to lower gas prices. If we’re going to take control of our energy future and can start avoiding these annual gas price spikes that happen every year -- when the economy starts getting better, world demand starts increasing, turmoil in the Middle East or some other parts of the world -- if we’re going to avoid being at the mercy of these world events, we’ve got to have a sustained, all-of-the-above strategy that develops every available source of American energy. Yes, oil and gas, but also wind and solar and nuclear and biofuels, and more.
As President Obama pointed out, that's a vision toward which we are making progress:In 2010, our dependence on foreign oil was under 50 percent for the first time in over a decade. We were less reliant on foreign oil than we had been. In 2011, the United States relied less on foreign oil than in any of the last 16 years. That's the good news. And because of the investments we’ve made, the use of clean, renewable energy in this country has nearly doubled -– and thousands of American jobs have been created as a consequence. - The White House
As the president said, we can bitch and moan about the forever cost of our energy needs or we can ask the people to act on it. Get your ass out in your garage and find the next best solution to heating your home or water. Find a new way to power your lawn mower other than gasoline. Discover some new solution from your garden that can convert compost into high grade fuel for your car. A wise man once said that there is nothing that the mind can think of that is not achievable. It would be a wise president of the United States of America to put that thought to good use when speaking to the people.
The funny thing about leaders like the president is that sometimes they are talking to the wrong people. He went to Miami and its great University to give a speech on renewable energy but needed to talk to all of the people that tinker in their garages and basements with every conceivable possibility of making something better if not a totally new concept. The greatest resource that America has is the ability of its people to see that there is always a better solution. The president should tap that renewable resource right away.
I am and have been designing Solar Boxes that can heat your home during the winter. The same boxes can heat your hot water year round when the sun is shining. What are you doing?
As the president said... "A bumper sticker is not an energy strategy to solve our energy challenge."