Yaknow...Just looking at the name of this "Clean Edge?" bill sends me the signal that it probably won't cut it. Is it really written to benefit "We The People"? Or is it leaving the controlls in the hands of Corporate government?
What made this country great, is free enterprise and the imagination of the American people. At the turn of the century many of our farms had their own blacksmith shop in the barn. Self sufficient farm families traded with other families and invented farm machines to suit their needs. Anyone that wanted to build and market an automobile was free to do so. By the 1920's there were over 200 kinds of automobiles. There was of course gasoline power, but also steam powered, electric powered, and a gas/electric powered vehicles. The gas electric had a motor/ generator in line with the gas motor and differential, which...yes...put power back in the batteries when coasting or braking.Sound familiar? Well take a look at the Toyota Prius, an environmental friendly car that gets 50 mpg.
Great...we say. Look what we can buy, if we pay more tax because we are using less gas. Of course, "We The People" can do much better if we can develope cottage industries, and return to our own blacksmith shops. I dream about this kind of freedom, and pray that the Corporate Government isn't able to tune in to my thoughts.
Anyhoo...getting back to Toyota...In 2002 Toyota came out with a prototype e-car that surpassed 100 mpg, in tests, and was advertized on Toyotas web site. It is a supercharged 4 cylindar deisel\electric, that stores energy when coasting or braking. There was an artical in The London Times on this car, and there were people trying to buy one, but no one could find anything out from Toyota. So there are a few of them around, that have been road tested, with excellent reports on performance and milage, but it is the Prius,which came on the market in 1997 that is on the market. It is a shame that yet another efficient car has dissappeared from the market at a time when we should be doing everything possible to reduce co2, and conserve energy. This is just another example of what Al Gore is saying in his latest movie..."An Inconvenient Truth.I don't know what kind of bill we need, but I believe that if it has to have a name, that it should be something like "Power To The People", or "Free Enterprise For Everyone", or maybe "Freedom".That's what we truelly need in this country is freedom. Not the freedom that the Bush administration says we are fighting for in Iraq. Not the Neoconserative treachery that puts tricky names on every agenda in order to control every aspect of business and government. But the old fashioned freedom that this country was founded on.
Democrats Unveil Energy Plan
The National Security-Clean Energy Link
R. James Woolsey , director of the CIA from 1993-1995 and now co-chairman of the Committee on the Present Danger, a nonprofit organization dedicated to expanding democracy and fighting terrorism, is embracing the vision of a robust, clean-energy future. Woolsey and fellow co-chairman George Schultz, recently authored a paper (PDF) entitled Oil and Security, describing the national security reasons for diversifying our energy portfolio.
Woolsey spoke with John Gartner about the risks of petroleum dependency and the emerging clean energy technologies that could reduce oil imports
Is it ok to name this energy plan after the name of a corporation?(Clean Edge Inc.). They are a consulting firm on clean technologies.
From their web site:
Clean Edge, Inc., with offices in the San Francisco Bay Area and Portland, Ore., is a leading research and publishing firm that helps companies, investors, and policymakers understand and profit from clean technologies. Through its research and reports, conferences and events, online publications, and strategic consulting services, Clean Edge tracks and analyzes clean-tech markets, trends, and opportunities. Launched in 2001 by environmental and high-tech business pioneers Ron Pernick and Joel Makower, Clean Edge and its network of partners and affiliates offer unparalleled insight and intelligence. For more information visit www.cleanedge.com