Friday, February 03, 2006

Orders of Magnitude

Just a quick bit of perspective on Bush's State of the Union speech talking about reducing the US's dependence on foreign oil by 75% by 2025. While it's great to see the administration starting to at least talk in the right direction, what they're laying out seems to be far too little too late.

Also, the resources allotted are far too small.

Bush said that while the US has spent nearly $10-bil to develop clean

alternative energy sources, he would boost funding for clean-energy research

by 22%.

Meanwhile....

Bush Request Would Push War Total to $440B

By ANDREW TAYLOR

The Associated Press
Friday, February 3, 2006; 8:32 AM

WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration said Thursday it will ask Congress for $120 billion more for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and $18 billion more for hurricane relief this year.

The White House acknowledges the upcoming requests would cause total spending on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan since Sept. 11, 2001, to soar well past the $400 billion mark, while spending for hurricane relief would top $100 billion.

Think of how quickly we could get off fossil fuels all together (not just oil, and not just 'dependence on foriegn oil') with that kind of funding, a shared vision, a meaningful purpose. The technology is all there, and with those resources and inspired purpose, I can guarantee better technology would come quickly. It’s the Apollo mentality that we need to pull together – not just in the US, but globally – and make the shift to sustainability!! Check out the Apollo Alliance website again for more. Stay going...