Obama Cites U.S. Energy Crisis in Inaugural Address
Posted Jan 22 2009 3:54pm
In his inaugural address, President Obama focuses on the economic and geopolitical issues facing the country, but cites energy as part of the current crisis.
That we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood. Our nation is at war, against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred. Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some, but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age. Homes have been lost; jobs shed; businesses shuttered. Our health care is too costly; our schools fail too many; and each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet.
With this new administration, we have an opportunity for a comprehensive strategy on global warming, including development and use of more clean, renewable energy that frees the country from reliance on oil, including foreign oil. Obama references renewable energy sources when he says,
We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories.
By soil Obama may be referring to biomass, which can include plant materials and animal waste, as energy sources. Carbonfund.org supports biomass, wind, solar and other renewable energy projects.
Reducing our reliance on fossil fuels including oil will help reduce global warming, which is occurring and continues to threaten the U.S. and the rest of the world with rising sea levels and flooding, spread of infectious diseases, severe heat waves, and species extinctions of wildlife, among other consequences.
We must take responsibility and individual, as well as collective, action now on global warming. Learn more about what we do to help individuals, businesses and organizations- Reduce What You Can, Offset What You Can't- at www.carbonfund.org.
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