Saturday, January 24, 2009

Obama's Plan - will it work?

Look, it's obviously an improvement on W., but get this one aspect. The US (thanks to Obama) is hoping to double energy from renewable resources in 3 years. This will provide enough energy for 6 million households.
Let's do a reality check. 3 years! Let's be generous and say that's 30 million people using renewable energy? That's from a population of around 306 million, and in 3 years, the US population will likely grow by more than a couple of million too. The population is projected to reach over 400 million by 2050.
If it takes the US 3 years to merely double their use of renewable energy they are - let's face it - going nowhere fast.
I'm not saying it's not worth trying; I'm saying plugging one leak in a ship with your finger is better than nothing, but maybe you're better off hunting for a few wine bottles, and using their corks. You might sail better with a bit more forethought.
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In this Jan. 23, 2009 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks to reporters

Obama's recovery package aims to:

• Double within three years the amount of energy that could be produced from renewable resources, an ambitious goal given the 30 years it took to reach current levels. Advisers say that could power 6 million households.

"Our economy could fall $1 trillion short of its full capacity, which translates into more than $12,000 in lost income for a family of four. And we could lose a generation of potential, as more young Americans are forced to forgo college dreams or the chance to train for the jobs of the future," Obama said in a five-minute address that the White House released early Saturday.

Obama: Stimulus bill 'on target'
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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Rather sad that a nation is pinning all its hope of being saved from a situation which took years to develop on a president who says he can fix it in such a short time. Think it will take more than Obama to save their country! There is certainly no quick fix here. Time will tell.