Monday :: Apr 21, 2008

Smart


by Turkana

McClatchy, in early March:

Forget the arguments over whether global warming is real. Many American businesses and researchers are well past all that and are scrambling to find ways to make money in a world that must slash its use of fossil fuels.

Energy entrepreneurs have sparked an energy revolution that's just starting in the United States but already producing new ideas, more jobs and growing exports.

"You have a cavalcade of human intellect springing forth just when we need it," said Rep. Jay Inslee, D-Wash., a co-author of "Apollo's Fire: Igniting America's Clean Energy Economy."

"The ice is melting in the North Pole but the ice also is melting to resistance to progress here in this country," he said. "It's a race to figure out who will win, and I'm betting on our grandkids."

But for renewable energy to really take off, the federal government will have to end subsidies for fossil fuels, put a limit on greenhouse gas emissions and charge for putting carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, he said.

Some people get it. Some don't. We desperately need a government that does.

Turkana :: 7:13 PM :: Comments (4) :: Digg It!