Tuesday, January 31, 2006

State of the Union Address

As individuals and as families, few of us can produce energy by ourselves. But all of us can conserve energy--every one of us, every day of our lives. Tonight I call on you--in fact, all the people of America--to help our Nation. Conserve energy. Eliminate waste. Make 2006 indeed a year of energy conservation.
Words spoken by our president? Well -- yes, if the year were 1980 and you were listening to Jimmy Carter. However, there's little chance of our current leader speaking these words -- at least with a straight face.

And why won't he speak them? Two reasons:
1- He personally doesn't believe in conservation... Interesting for a "conservative"... Deep down I think Bush believes its our right as Americans to use the world's dwindling resources as though we were the planets only inhabitants.
2- The message doesn't sell. The American people want their cake... cheap. Most really don't want a leader that will change our way of life -- however modestly.

Problem is, if we don't wake up and change our ways we'll find ourselves on a crash course with the environment, China, India and the rest of the world.

Bush is doing his best to precipitate a show-down with all of those 'forces'.


jj said...

I think Bush say the words but nothing will change.

You know the "we are addicted to oil" and how "with technology we will beat our addiction to foreign oil" blah blah blah

all talk, The most amazing thing will be the people that will believe him this time he will be right this time.

he has been wrong on so many subject s but this time this time he will be right.

In Weather reports of snow in Hell.

jj said...

You were right not one word about conservation just ways to create more energy. They are still just empty words.

Reign of Reason said...

He said something about reducing our dependence on foreign oil... But let's go back to 2001 -- a press conf where our leader exposed his take on the subject (http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/briefings/20010507.html)

"Q Is one of the problems with this, and the entire energy field, American lifestyles? Does the President believe that, given the amount of energy Americans consume per capita, how much it exceeds any other citizen in any other country in the world, does the President believe we need to correct our lifestyles to address the energy problem?

"MR. FLEISCHER: That's a big no. The President believes that it's an American way of life, and that it should be the goal of policy makers to protect the American way of life. The American way of life is a blessed one. And we have a bounty of resources in this country. What we need to do is make certain that we're able to get those resources in an efficient way, in a way that also emphasizes protecting the environment and conservation, into the hands of consumers so they can make the choices that they want to make as they live their lives day to day.

That's the way this president really thinks about our energy use. The environment bit is just lip service: the message it "it's out god-given right to consume the resources we've been given" ...

jj said...

"it's out god-given right to consume the resources we've been given" or take, acquire or otherwise come in to possession of

bombsoverbaghdad said...

From Manifest Destiny, to slavery, to our invasion of Panama, Americans have always believed that we have the right to dominate the rest of the world. Period.

Empires. All. Fall.

mrsleep said...

It's time to slap some sense to our population, we are due for a rude awakening. Our days as they WW economic powerhouse are numbered. Our days as the WW military superpower are numbered, because we can't afford it today, and every day we go forward we fall deeper in debt. What we fail to recognize is that the new battles are being fought on the economic front. Money and economic strength are everything. China, and India are the emerging economic powers of tomorrow. Our days are numbered. We'll be a player, but no longer the top dog.

Reign of Reason said...

That's a big part of the problem Mr. Sleep -- the apathy of the American public... Well, maybe not apathy; laziness.

The press reports a bunch of half-truths and cock-eye'd analysis and the public buys it. When you actually apply grey-matter to the problem -- think about what both the press and the administration is saying ... you quickly come to the conclusion that they are both either idiots or deceptive.

Reign of Reason said...

As for the economic battles to come: I've blogged those same thoughts before... China, India -- the developing world... we're gonna be left behind if we don't get our act together and start incentivising our businesses to innovate: instead of sitting on mediocre performance while rewarding the top executive like they've discovered penicillin.

Big business in America relies more on access and influence in Washington than on innovation and creating customer-value.