I’m all confused how Dennis Kucinich is going to do it. I must not be reading this right, but here are his own words (typos in the original):
W. The dollar is falling rapidly, the international and federal debt is growing, very little is produced in this country and even service-based and white-collar jobs are being outsourced. Money is being made through investment and sales but great blocks of the citizenry are being left behind; the rich are getting even richer while many struggle to receive basic health care, a decent education and to keep their homes warm in the winter. How can the economic challenges of maintaining the middle class, keeping a manufacturing base and making local economies stronger be met?
D. One of my first acts in office will be to cancel NAFTA, get out of WTO, and to have trade-based workers’ rights, human rights, and environmental quality principles. This is the only thing we can do to try to stop this race to the bottom and protect our manufacturing jobs. We’ll have a new manufacturing policy that will enable us to reclaim the manufacturing potential that America has always had. We have to make things in order to have democracy. We exported a lot of jobs because of these trade agreements. That is why I am going to get out of those trade agreements and renegotiate them so that the race to the bottom ends, and American jobs are not only protected but maintained and improved. Imagine an expansion of industry. That is the direction I want to go in. I am fed up with the contraction of industry, the loss of well-paying jobs, that helped to create the middle class, to places where workers do not have any rights, are making next to nothing and are living in horrible conditions.We are in a position where we know that if we take corrective measures we can strengthen the America economy, improve the value of the dollar by improving our profile with respect to our the balancing of our accounts, stop building further debt, increasing the productivity of our economy, and taking us in the direction of peace.
W. Gasoline price are about $.90 higher per gallon than they were just a year ago and there is no sign this will turn around. Many people believe that the time of cheap oil is past and that from now as the demand keeps on rising and production levels fall we shall see economic recession/depression and oil wars. What are your thoughts on our present energy situation and what do you believe is the best way forward?
D. We are already in a recession. We’ve had two flat quarters of non-growth and we already have a war for oil. That is what Iraq is all about and that’s what beating the drums against Iran is all about. We need to move away from reliance on oil. In the Kucinich presidency we mean just that. It means that we have that called a ‘Works Green’ administration where the government becomes the engine of sustainability in each and every department. We’ll move the energy department away from subsidizing oil, coal and nuclear energy, and toward subsidizing wind, solar and green energy and alternative energy technologies. Imagine this: Imagine manufacturing, installing and maintaining millions of wind and solar micro-technologies in tens of millions of homes, dramatically reducing home energy requirements for Americans, reducing our carbon footprints and saving people a lot of money on their utility bills. I see a role for government in shifting our reliance on oil and creating government departments of transportation and mass-transit. Promote mass transit and you save energy. In agriculture, promote local farmers getting their products to local markets. In that way you save energy again. We need to foster a tremendous amount of investment in alternative energy technologies and in the science that will bring them forward. We can shorten the development curve and enable these products to be brought forward, not only to create new jobs but to take us way from reliance on oil. We have to do this not only for the practical political economy; we have to do this to protect our planet. We see that increasing greenhouse gases attributable to carbon-based energy technologies are causing ice sheets to melt, raising sea level – our whole planet is threatened. So you see the link between global warring and global warming. I am the one person running for president who gets it and who is determined to take this country in a new direction towards the greening of America.
W. Are you prepared to tell people they are also going to have to reduce their consumption?
D. You know what? This idea that the public has to sacrifice comes from the people who have a limited understanding of what our potential is. We need to be wise, and I am prepared to be an American president who challenges Americans to be efficient in their use of energy, to conserve energy, conserve water. We should do to that, but if we tell people there not going to be enough energy that assumes that we continue to have current rates of usage, which are not the most efficient. Imagine a president who brings this country together in the common cause of energy conservation and energy efficiency, and who helps provide incentives to make sure we can develop these new technologies that will make it possible for us to meet our needs far into the future. I am very hopeful for America’s future as long as we tap our tremendous creative abilities, our ingenuity, our engineering, and our scientific know-how. We haven’t even begun to do that because the oil companies do everything they can to fight the introduction of any technologies that would in any way impact their profits. Because I am not tied to these industries that are ruining our globe I am in the position to be able to lead America in a direction of real sustainability and of prosperity. The two should go hand in hand, actually.
I’m gonna need a creative type, scientist or engineer to help here:
I do feel kinda nit-picky about this, but I would just feel better if it made more sense to me. First, I “imagine an expansion of industry,” I assume will happen with all this cool solar and wind-powered energy, (and you see we’ll have a ton, because we’re subsidizing the solar and wind industries.) Sounds great. Science will bring them forward (of course. He’s blinded me with science.) But I’m confused how we ‘shorten the development curve.’ Will that violate the second law of thermodynamics?
But mostly, it is the last part that I’m confused about: “This idea that the public has to sacrifice comes from the people who have a limited understanding of what our potential is.” Yes, he’s all for conservation, he says, but “if we tell people there['s] not going to be enough energy, that assumes that we continue to have current rates of usage, which are not the most efficient.”
And since I’m already in my ‘imagining’ mode, feeling the strength of our ‘creative abilities, our ingenuity, our engineering, and our scientific know-how,’ as we put in “millions of wind and solar micro-technologies in tens of millions of homes, dramatically reducing home energy requirements” why stop there? If we’ll be doing all this neat stuff, why do we still HAVE utility bills?
We will already be cutting down our energy usage, so we will not have to cut down our energy usage, because after we’ve already cut it down, there won’t be any need to sacrifice and reduce it. Why not NOT sacrifice a bit more and have no electric bill at all?
Anyone up to the challenge of counting the subtypes of Panglossian Disorders in this quote?