Alternative energy bill, shot down 8 times, do we really want this?
October 3, 2008 12:13am CST
McCain did not even show up to vote for it, Obama only 3 times. Both could do more. Do we really value alternative energy as much as we SHOULD? Heres a run-up of the bill (called "S. 3335"), in an editorial from the NY Times http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/13/opinion/13friedman.html?_r=2&oref=slogin&oref=slogin [b]"Senator McCain did not show up for the crucial vote on July 30, and the renewable energy bill was defeated for the eighth time. In fact, John McCain has a perfect record on this renewable energy legislation. He has missed all eight votes over the last year — which effectively counts as a no vote each time. Once, he was even in the Senate and wouldn’t leave his office to vote. “McCain did not show up on any votes,” said Scott Sklar, president of The Stella Group, which tracks clean-technology legislation. Despite that, McCain’s campaign commercial running during the Olympics shows a bunch of spinning wind turbines — the very wind turbines that he would not cast a vote to subsidize, even though he supports big subsidies for nuclear power. Barack Obama did not vote on July 30 either — which is equally inexcusable in my book — but he did vote on three previous occasions in favor of the solar and wind credits". [/b](excerpt from NY Times, 8/12 Thomas Friedman) Why does the US insist of staying in the past and not stepping into the future. We have the means to abandon our oil dependence but its like babys on pacifiers. Come on people--it will be O-K. We should be obligated as the largest world power to make this decision and be serious about it and it would ensure our national security in the long run.
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3 Oct 08
Agree. It's time to save the Earth, or human existence will be at risk if the global warming effect continue to worsen. As we all can see, the weather change becoming more obvious. Violent and abrupt storms are becoming more frequent. If human race continue to protect their own interest in oil industry, human extinct will not be far away. The polar ice reserve melt down and rise of sea water level will devour vast area of land, and we will witness the consequence that we see in the movie "Water World". Besides, the violent storms and typhoons will continue to tear the human living space in parts.