Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Clean Energy Needs to Be a National Priority

The BP Oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is turning into the worst man made disaster in the history of, well, history. People’s jobs are impacted, lives have been turned upside down and visions of success have dwindled away. But there is something we can do to at least mitigate the blow, to turn it back around.

We can all stand together as a nation and demand that changes are made.

We can all stand together as a nation and say ‘I want to reduce my dependence on fossil fuels.’

We can all stand together as a nation and call for clean-energy!

A few days ago I added my name in support of a clean-energy future by signing a petition that is backed by the group Organizing for America, a project of the Democratic National Committee. Since signing the petition I have received a few emails requesting that I forward the link on.

This morning, following right behind President Obama’s Oval Office Address last night*, the committee sent another request to share the link to sign in support of clean-energy and I decided to do a little more digging.

I responded to the Director of Organizing for America, Mitch Stewart and simply inquired -- what are you going to do with all of these names?  I haven't yet heard back but will certainly keep everyone apprised of what he has to say as soon as they get in touch.

With regard to our nation’s dependence on foreign oil, and the impact the depletion of this finite resource will have on our nation (as well as nations around the globe), The President said last night:

We cannot consign our children to this future. The tragedy unfolding on our coast is the most painful and powerful reminder yet that the time to embrace a clean-energy future is now. Now is the moment for this generation to embark on a national mission to unleash America’s innovation and seize control of our own destiny.

Yeah baby!

So because I firmly, unequivocally, and without doubt believe in every single word of the paragraph above, I am including the link to the petition for Organizing for America. If they can get even 1,000 more signatures to propel this initiative in front of the President and help ensure new jobs are created while we make use of the rapidly renewable natural resources our planet has to offer as our primary energy sources, then I say more power to them!

Now I know this will meet with negative comments from many of the ‘hippie’ generation -- that they attempted to do this too and got nowhere, that gas was a commodity in the 1970’s -- and they are absolutely correct. And 30 some odd years after they started the fight it sounds like a pretty great idea to finally finish it.

Let’s be the generation that prevails, the one which elicits positive change.

Let’s take what our former generations started and finally bring it to fruition.

Clean-energy is not a pipe dream. It can happen, and on the heels of this Gulf Coast disaster there is no more apparent time than right now to support it. Fully.

If you believe in clean-energy and all it can provide for our country please sign the petition today by visiting:

Organizing for America

*If you missed the President’s address from last night you can read the full text here.

1 comment:

Almost Precious said...

Clean energy should have been instigated many years ago, like back in the early 70's. It was when the USA faced a gasoline shortage and people actually got into fisticuffs while waiting in extremely long lines at gas stations, gas pumps ran out and filling stations had to close in order to keep people from rioting. The media preached to us about how finite our world oil reserves were, how someday they would run out. But that was then and we turned to a cheaper foreign source to satiate our gluttonous appetite for oil. Oh how quickly we forget when the urgency has passed and things return to normal. Perhaps it is human nature that we refuse to dwell on things that are less than pleasant? Point of issue...the world's ever expanding population. Back in the 60's and early 70's we talked seriously about "Zero Population Growth". That has now become a big joke, just look at TLC's Kate plus 8, 18 and counting, Table for 12 (to name a few). No one wants to admit that each child born is going to put heavy demands upon this planet, from fuel to food, to the very resources necessary to build their homes, cars, commercial centers, schools, hospitals and places of employment etc. I guess our every shrinking planet needs to somehow grow and expand itself in order to accommodate all of our children because so many couples now believe that 2 children are not nearly enough. How foolish and selfish of them!

It was good to read the president's speech. Since I live in Manatee county Florida, which is very conservative and leans so far to the right that most people here walk with a limp, my local newspaper hardly ever mentions president Obama, other than to criticize him.