President-Elect Obama has today named his Energy Secretary with the aims reported below. The failure to peceive reality is tragic, in that the ‘problem’ is not the US’s addiction to foreign oil, but that the US is addicted to fast depleting oil, full stop.
Also the demand side creation of so called ‘green’ jobs from an education system that is not mobilised to create the underlying core skills needed to rapidly develop and deploy, even known sources of renewable energy, is not feasible on the timescale now acknowledged by the IEA. (ditto the UK)
Unless it is recognised that a systemic transformation is required in how we demand and consume energy per capita and unit of production (resource intensity) and mobilise our ingenuity to enable it, we are consigned to enter a low carbon future completely naked; so perhaps it’s just as well our planet is warming!
Obama’s energy and environmental team will play a major role in his quest to revive the U.S. economy by boosting renewable energy use and creating millions of “green” jobs that will ease America’s reliance to foreign oil.
“All of us know the problems that are rooted in our addiction to foreign oil. It constrains our economy, shifts wealth to hostile regimes and leaves us dependent on unstable regions,” Obama said a news conference in Chicago where he introduced his new cabinet picks.
“To control our own destiny, America must develop new forms of energy and new ways of using it,” he said.
Obama pointed out that over the last three decades other U.S. presidents have pledged to make America less dependent on foreign energy supplies.
“This time has to be different. This time we cannot fail, nor can we be lulled into complacency simply because the price at the pump has for now gone down from $4 a gallon,” he said.