Energy, Climate, and Security

Author: Gary Hart

Oil RigNot too long ago, issues came in boxes.  There was a health box, an education box, an economy box, a defense box, and similar boxes for dealing with energy, environment, and national security.

No longer.  The realities of the 21st century world have been shattering these boxes and merging these issues with massive force.  An argument, though a complex one, could be made that all major social and political issues now interrelate.  But for my purpose here, I argue that, at the very least, we cannot separate consideration of and a search for solutions to energy, climate, and security.

We have an energy policy: we will continue to import up to 70% of our oil from abroad, including from the most dangerous region of the world, the Persian Gulf, to fuel energy inefficient vehicles, and if that oil gets cut off we will sacrifice the lives of our sons and daughters to get it.  Thus, experts estimate that between a third and a half of all our defense forces are engaged, one way or the other, in protecting the flow of world oil supplies for ourselves and our allies.

But the scientific community is overwhelmingly of the opinion that combustion of fossil fuels is warming the planet.  And increasingly the defense community now states that climate change represents a threat to our nation’s security.

So, energy, climate, and security.  One big box that must be addressed inclusively.  Though this conglomerate must be the subject of continuing discussion here and elsewhere, suffice it for now to say that reduction of wasteful energy consumption will reduce global warming, make us more secure, and save many lives.

11 Responses to “Energy, Climate, and Security”

  1. AndyPattison Says:

    I couldn’t agree more with the sentiment and offer as an addition to the various “boxes” discussed here that the immigration policy box also be considered as a vital aspect of security, energy/climate, environmental, and economic considerations. Especially within the regional scale context of: 1) European immigration as part EU policy-making, 2) North American immigration policy (especially btw the US and Central / South American countries, and 3) regional immigration policy in Asia.

  2. Tom J. Flaherty Says:

    Gary as usual your clarity is spot on but it is time we realize and strive to illuminate the dark evil side controling this country from behind the curtin in OZ.

    It seems to me when the politicians in the face of 70 to 80 percent poles can spend months fighting on issues like public option in health care. When the supreme court of the nation is about to tackle the issue of corporate voice! When the congress can spend 700 billion to circulate at the top of the financial world placing a 23 trillion dollar debt on my son’s head for monies private that we did not owe only to be told that the half billion or trillion that was sent out to Europes banks to cover AIG’s debts is a private matter and the president and the congress have no right to the recievers/destination accounts because it is a propriatory matter of the Federal resurve. It is time to shed light on the problem of corpocracy and institutional slavery in order to exocise the demonds.

    There are plenty of solutions in the rejuvinated progressive style society like taking the artificial 600 or 700 trillion dollar economy and placing a sound, transparent stock market in place that would place a small tax on any transaction that changed on dot or crossed one T relative to a stock share. The idea is to place some restraint these marketes and bring them into the real world shared be the rest of us common slaves.

    The most difficult part is identification. You see we don’t seem to control our own economy/government anymore. THE OWNERS the big money is controled by so few that we may have a chance in numbers with this first generation of the internet to flush them into the daylight. The money flowed out for the past three and a half decades or more and the secret private holders that would be small below a dozen rich American family’s, the Arab oil, maybe a few of the elite Japanise car and tech OWNERS although they seem in Japan anyways to have great security/financial regulation. Oh that’s why we have the Grand Cayman Island, Switzerland, Liecenstien and so on. The majority owners of the likes of Goldman Sacks and so on. What I’m getting at is the R

  3. Tom J. Flaherty Says:

    Please Excuse the above blog its late and I did no editing. Somehow I hit a couple of keys impatiently and the page went up! Anyway trying to finish find it here in it’s entirty.

    1. Tom J. Flaherty Says: Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    October 5th, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    Gary as usual your clarity is spot on but it is time we realize and strive to illuminate the dark evil side controlling this country from behind the curtain in OZ.

    It seems to me when the politicians in the face of 70 to 80 percent poles can spend months fighting on issues like public option in health care. When the supreme court of the nation is about to tackle the issue of corporate voice! When the congress can spend 700 billion to circulate at the top of the financial world placing a 23 trillion dollar debt on my son’s head for monies private that we did not owe only to be told that the half billion or trillion that was sent out to Europe’s banks to cover AIG’s debts is a private matter and the president and the congress have no right to the receivers/destination accounts because it is a proprietary matter of the Federal reserve. It is time to shed light on the problem of corpocracy and institutional slavery in order to exorcise the demons.

    There are plenty of solutions in the rejuvenated progressive style society like taking the artificial 600 or 700 trillion dollar economy and placing a sound, transparent stock market in place that would place a small tax on any transaction that changed one dot or crossed one T relative to a stock share. The idea is to place some restraint these markets and bring them into the real world shared be the rest of us common slaves while flooding the treasury with trillions in revenue.

    The most difficult part is identification. You see we don’t seem to control our own economy/government anymore. THE OWNERS the big money is controlled by so few that we may have a chance in numbers with this first generation of the internet to flush them into the daylight. Yes we must return the favor and take it with vision and heart however.

    The money flowed out for the past three and a half decades or more and the secret private holders that would be small below a dozen rich American family’s, the Arab oil, maybe a few of the elite Japanese car and tech OWNERS although they seem in Japan anyways to have great security/financial regulation. Oh that’s why we have the Grand Cayman Island, Switzerland, Lichtenstein and so on. The majority owners of the likes of Goldman Sacks and so on and most recently the foreign sovereign investment funds run by the likes of Communist governments (they seem to have their ducks in a row)! What I’m getting at is that it seems that there was a conscious effort to target this country from both within and without by people that knew from history why the Glass Steagal Act was in place and the effect of Credit Default Swaps on the derivatives market and hence the overall financial markets.

    To me this is all treasonous greed. As long as we allow the politicians to except 1.5 million a day into the health care lobby alone and other short sighted amoral puppets of the OWNERS, we loose.

    If however we read the preamble to the Constitution of the United States and we do our duty as citizens and we question and hold accountable our elected representatives to stop thirty five years of depressive economics and to make them responsive to the people and not the corporate voice/OWNERS we can win.

    There are solutions, we can be a proud, noble, and benevolent nation again.

  4. Mark Goldes Says:

    Revolutionary innovations for ending dependence on oil will be found in the article: 5 Steps to Revive the Auto Industry and the Economy. Read it on the Aesop Institute website: http://www.aesopinstitute.org

    The brief two pages outline little known breakthrough technology that opens paths to cars that need no fossil fuel or recharge.

    Later, more advanced versions can turn cars into power plants, wirelessly able to sell power to the local utility when parked.

    Imagine the impact of cars and trucks that can pay for themselves, and end the need to build coal or nuclear power plants!

    Visualize electric cars that need no recharge! Also, hybrids with engines that need only one gallon of water as fuel every 1,000 miles. As impossible as it sounds, these technologies are now on the horizon.

    Rowan University recently published results of experiments that can only be explained by a new source of energy. Other laboratories can readily reproduce them.

    Skeptics should see that these experiments are reproduced rapidly, so that they may form their own conclusions.

    These technologies hold promise of generating millions of green jobs across the planet. They will restore automobile manufacturing everywhere.

    They will also change much of what is now believed about energy.

  5. Gary Hart Says:

    In response to Mr. Flaherty, I can only say that in 12 years in elective office I never found the hidden power structure. That is not to say that powerful groups giving mountains of money for campaigns do not have access and therefore undue influence. Of course they do. But if there were really a Wizard pulling the strings, people like me would never have had or have a chance. There are a lot of good people trying to do the right thing in public office. I agree completely about the innate nobility of this nation.

  6. Tom J. Flaherty Says:

    Dear Sen. Hart,

    Times have changed quiet dramatically in the time since I had the honor to vote for you sir as a student in Greely. This is a blog and I may be ranting a bit but the point I most was making is who controls our country?

    We have an obligation to fix this mess. We are not allowed to know who the OWNERS are! The Federal Reserve, The Hedge Funds and owner entities at that level have been granted rights above and beyond the law as applied and intended by the founding fathers. These forces are meeting finally some daylight due to the extremes of the day, helped by the Internet. It is not easy to find such a structure and it may be several leveraged forces but we are the target and the fools up to this point. When you were elected Reagan was just beginning to empower the corporate structure thanks to Richard Nixon’s Supreme Court appointments. In the last decade the derivatives market has grown five fold and my gut feeling is that after thirty five years of depressive economies that allowed the big dollars to go out on oil, autos, and now China the problem is that the strength of leverage upon our government is as much foreign influence as American leaving the leverage of the vast majority of American citizens to be nothing more than the oil to the elite.

    When you were elected the British had not circumvented our tax structure with tax havens and the news was still the news and a lie was a lie. Now if you lie on a Fox News/Commentary show there are no reprisals from the FCC. The elders think when they hear the talking points/hype that it is the truth.

    This line of free market Libertarian BS is coming from somewhere and it is our duty to enlighten Americans to where the money is going, and to who has what. President Kennedy said don’t get mad get even. Well we have a long way to go if we are to put the vision of the preamble ahead of the short sighted interest of the corporate voice controlled by so few.

    Finally Senator I had a look at a book called the Clansman by Thomas Dixon Jr.. The book was a historical Romance of the Ku Klux Klan 1905. Quoted from the Preface, “the Clansman” develops the true story of the “Ku Klux Klan Conspiracy”, which overturned the Reconstruction regime. It is mentioned the story is true the names change and so on but the power was direct at that time in many cases within government. Perhaps we are not so far changed as we might think. For myself a gentile Irish American kid from Codman Hill Dorchester, Massachusetts, there was no question America was in my mind competitive and therefore more productive and hence better for all. At around Fifty years of age I started to not accept things at face value. In the past few years I found myself relating to Marxist doctrine about the elite consolidating power at the expense of a divided lower and middle or race divided classes. Have these powerful families really changed so much I ask?

    The good news is only we have the history to self correct so well and the Internet is helping from the bottom up to create change. Senator I take your point that you did not find in your time in office. Also Sen. Ted Kennedy never found his brothers killers as in plural. It did not make the conspiracy less real. Can you not speak to the point of power, money, and the imbalance/influence of.

    My I close by saying it was peace in my heart when I had yourself, Tim Wirth, and Pat Schroeder to represent me a person.

    Thank you, Senator for your life of dedicated effort, and brilliance to the whole view.

  7. Kevin W. Says:

    It’s time to “go nuclear!” Coupled with strategic investments, price points, and tax credits set in order to incentivize the rapid scalability of renewable energy sources, we need to revoke the national ban on the construction of new nuclear power plants. This may be the only conceivable way to fill any gap created by the lack of availability and/or desirability of fossil fuels while renewables ramp up. With the appropriate regulatory agency authority and oversight, and with a workable plan for the disposal of spent radioactive fuel, this could provide us with an affordable power source for the short- to medium-term future (10-50 years). Over three decades have passed since the Three Mile Island incident. It’s time to move into the future!

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