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Election '08

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Independent View from the Campaign Trail: A Logical Energy Policy

Let's start with a couple of truths.

First, we can never totally eliminate artificial greenhouse gas emissions unless we develop totally new energy technologies.

Second, the United States has absolutely no long-term comprehensive energy policy.

For that reason, I am proposing the following Energy Plan for the United States (and the world) in the following 3 steps.

Short Term - Conservation and Alternative Power

Five to Thirty Years - A Strong Nuclear Program

Long Term - We Need New Technologies

First - Immediate Efforts - Conservation and Alternative Power

Conservation is a good initial step to take to help reduce greenhouse gases and lessen our dependence on foreign energy sources: driving a Prius, if practical, is great, turning off lights, lowering the thermostat, all those things are great; but in the grand scheme of things do very little to help us in the long run. As the population of the world keeps growing and becoming more "middle class", more people want the same things we already have and the demand for power and energy worldwide will continue to grow. Conservation slows the growth (slightly), but the growth of greenhouse gases worldwide will continue regardless of what we as a nation try and do. Every little bit helps, but in the mid-run it will not help enough and in the long-run it will be an absolute disaster.

Solar, wind and other environmentally "safe" technologies do exist and should be used as much as practical, but the current state of their technologies cannot produce enough energy to fully solve the long-term problems that we are facing as a nation and a world.

Second - Intermediate Effort - What we can do next.

As stated in my previous article, nuclear power is strong in Europe with about forty-two percent of their energy produced by nuclear fission. Nuclear generation provides about 17% of world electricity, avoiding the emission of up to 2.3 billion tons of carbon dioxide annually. France produces 76% and Lithuania produces 85.6% of its energy by nuclear fission. (

In the United States, a lot of people and almost all environmentalists are antinuclear because of 3 Mile Island in 1979 and Chernobyl in 1986. However, many experts say that it is a safe, clean, and reliable source of energy. Nuclear Fission produces no greenhouse gases, but does produce highly toxic radioactive wastes. (

As President I would immediately call for the United States to embark on a strong nuclear power building program. We have the land upon which to build the power plants (here in California we could throw a half dozen plants in Eastern San Bernardino County alone and no one would ever see them and taxing the energy might solve California's budget deficit), we have technology that is extremely safe and we have an extremely safe depository for the waste in the Yucca Mountain facility that could be opened very soon if the politicians would quit being politicians and become statesmen and do what is right for the United States and the World.

If we converted almost all of our electrical power generation from oil and coal to nuclear we would go a very long ways towards lowering our greenhouse gas footprint and show the rest of the world that we mean to do what we can to contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas production. Such a step would also go a long ways towards lowering our dependence on foreign sources of oil and help bring stability to unstable portions of the globe. We could also use the nuclear power plants to help convert sea water to fresh water which addresses another threat looming just over the horizon - the shortage of potable water.

This, however, is an intermediate step and we can't as a country and a world just continue to sit on our hands and hope for the next step in energy production - we have to go out and make it happen.

Third - The Future - New Technologies

Everything I have talked about in this article so far concerns what we can do with old and existing technologies. NO MATTER WHAT WE DO, NO MATTER HOW MUCH WE CONSERVE, OUR CURRENT TECHNOLOGIES WILL ONLY TAKE US SO FAR AND IT ISN'T FAR ENOUGH. WE NEED SOMETHING NEW.

As I have stated before, as President I would call on the country to immediately start a "Manhattan Project" for energy independence. We put a man on the moon back in the "dark ages" of technology and I firmly believe that we have the brain power to come up with solutions to the world's energy problems if only we apply ourselves and our resources to the task. We are quickly on our way towards spending $1,000,000,000,000 (that a trillion) of your tax dollars on the war in Iraq. If that money had instead been pointed towards new research and development into fuel cells, hydrogen power, solar power, fusion and other technologies, I believe we would already be well on our way towards major break-throughs in renewable and alternative energy solutions. The world and the United States will be much better off if we weren't all relying on a small region of the world for the lifeblood of our economies and we had a new technology to take us into the future.

That is my proposal for the long-term energy policy of the United States and, quite honestly, the world. Why don't we have a long-term energy policy in United States now? Because it doesn't make for interesting sound-bites and it requires politicians to be statesmen rather than politicians. Politicians aren't interested in something that may be a success after they leave office, but statesmen are because they understand that their job is to do what is best for the nation they lead, not for their political career.
Frank McEnulty - Independent Candidate for President | Give your feedback on this article. | Visit the campaign website today.

Politics of Fear

This last weekend, CNN aired a replay of the New Hampshire Debates with a twist. They aired the responses from both parties on each subject being debated. While watching the debates for what was now the third time, something struck me about the core similarity between the two major parties. They both operate on the fear of an assumed future.

To hear the Republicans talk, you would think that the 9/11 Commission Report was never released and that nobody knows that Saddam Hussein was not a grave threat to the world at large. Somebody forgot to tell Mitt Romney that the U.N. inpsectors had been in Iraq and that they were not vocal supporters of the Bush plan to invade a sovereign nation based on U.N. Resolutions. Apparently he missed that memo. Rudy Giuliani made it sound like Iraq was sponsoring jihadist terrorist movements such as Al Qaeda under Saddam Hussein. This would be the same Saddam Hussein who was suspected of killing many Muslim clerics in his country because they posed a threat to his power.(Jihadist movements are usually headed or directed by extremist Muslim clerics.) I guess Giuliani missed that memo also. The overall punchline from all the Republicans except for Ron Paul was that if we don't kick butt in Iraq the U.S. just might get blown up by terrorists.

While the Democrats are a bit more subtle, their rhetoric would have you believe that if another Republican wins the White House, we could have World War III on our hands with internment camps for Muslims and people of Middle Eatern descent right here in America. The likelihood of further escalation beyond Iraq under a different President is seemingly pretty slim given the overall climate in the U.S. right now. George Bush has proven to be hard to predict from a political standpoint simply because he at times bucks both parties but most politicians are not willing to alienate the entire nation to promote their plans. Short of a Pat Buchannan in the White House, we are not likely to have a repeat of the Bush administration any time soon. Most people are against another preemptive strike and would likely give the Republican party a long vacation from power if they cost us too many more American lives due to sheer stubborness.

The refreshing spot in the debates for me was a dose of realism from Senator Joe Biden when discussing corruption. Senator Biden pointed out that until we have publicly financed campaigns, there will be corruption and influence peddling. There was no maybes or doubts and it was not a statement meant to cause some great movement. It was merely the statement of a seasoned political veteran who was telling the truth. Big money gets into every political season and influences votes before, during and after elections. Since Congress does not have the political will to impose strict restrictions on "soft money" donations to political parties that in turn support the candidates, the only other option is to have publicly funded campaigns to limit the influence peddling by big money interests.

Aside from that, I got another good chuckle listening to Mike Huckabee talking about evolution as if it were "evil-ution" and Mike Gravel as always was good for an off-the-cuff remark or two to make you smile in its boldness and politically a-typical directness. The best summation I can come to from watching both sides yet again is that the sky is almost falling(Iraq is apparently holding the last piece up with a freedom twig but Iran is trying to burn the twig or something), George Bush is somehow related to Satan, we all love our soldiers, God doesn't think we should be related to monkeys and by all estimates corruption is here to stay.

All in all there were a lot of words and not much really being said by anyone. Maybe that's the thing we should really fear.
Troy Wilson-Ripsom - Staff Writer | Give your feedback on this article.

Get Involved

Do you sit and yell at the TV when politicians come on? Do you shake your head sadly whenever you see a homeless veteran? Is that all you tend to do?

It's time to put up or shut up America. We all love to talk about how we could do things better or how we would do it if we were in charge. Well, it's time to put your money where your mouth is. If you can think of it, you can write it down. If you can write it down, you can type it. If you can type it, you can e-mail it and if you can e-mail it, you can send it here.

We at Reform America are committed to giving voice to anyone who wants to put their ideas out there to make our nation a better place. As the readership grows, we are able to take those views to a wider and wider audience. Grassroots campaigns begin with voices speaking out. You have opinions. Voice them. We aren't about conservative or liberal. We aren't about pro-this or anti-that. We're about Americans and the First Amendment. Reform America is about politics by, for and of the people. You are the people. You only need to speak up. America is listening. Send your article to:

Have You Been Downsized Due to Outsourcing?

For several years now we have listened to some within the business community tell us that America can't compete on a global scale unless they send our jobs overseas where they can be done cheaper. The question becomes, if we don't have good paying jobs here, how can we sustain our own economy? We want to hear from you. Have you lost your job? Have you been forced into a lower wage job due to outsourcing? Has outsourcing been a success for you? Did you end up in a better job?

Tell us your story so we can make sure the politicians see how outsourcing really impacts the workers who are backbone of America. Send your story to

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