Monday, February 20, 2006
Anyone that has followed this post knows that I am not a big Bush Cheerleader, but I like to give everyone a fair shake. On this note, I am really optimistic about Bush's call to develop alternative energy sources. Oil is a cheap and viable means of producing energy, but given its ultimately limited supply and our current political positions, it needs to be replaced as the only egg in our basket. Ethanol is a great backup choice. It is renewable, more environmentally friendly, and it would be produced in large part by American farmers. Granted, ethanol is only practical at this point with the help of government subsidies, but what would we think about gas prices if the government didn't help to keep them artificially lower than most other parts of the world? And I think nuclear is a good choice for household energy needs. I think we have advanced to the point where we should be able to manage the risks it presents. As much as Bush is criticized for catering to the interests of big business and oil, I think it is great to see him as a proponent of alternative energy.