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  •  Just imagine where we'd be on energy issues (23+ / 0-)

    If Carter could have accomplished even part of his agenda on that for two terms.

    “Texas is a so-called red state, but you’ve got 10 million Democrats here in Texas. And …, there are a whole lot of people here in Texas who need us, and who need us to fight for them.” President Obama

    by Catte Nappe on Thu Aug 15, 2013 at 12:13:57 PM PDT

    •  Perhaps a cardigan sweater, 55mph speed limit, (8+ / 0-)

      ana national address suggesting we turn down the thermostat and become more energy independent are next.  A twenty something year hiatus on advocating a sensible energy policy is long enough to have left us against the ropes on climate change today.

      Carter was perhaps the finest President we have had, not so much for his political abilities (or lack thereof) but for his humanity.  This is born out in how he has chosen his post presidential work. Too bad his energy message as President fell on so many deaf ears and his cardigan evoked Mr. Rogers.  He was right to be concerned.

      It has always seemed strange to me...The things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling, are the concomitants of failure in our system. - John Steinbeck, Cannery Row

      by ovals49 on Thu Aug 15, 2013 at 01:01:27 PM PDT

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      •  I remember when he called it the energy crisis (7+ / 0-)

        the "moral equivalent of war". Then the press used its acronym to deride that important call to action by labeling it his MEOW speech.

        The Republican motto: "There's been a lot of progress in this country over the last 75 years, and we've been against all of it."

        by Hillbilly Dem on Thu Aug 15, 2013 at 01:09:37 PM PDT

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      •  I'd support bringing back the double-nickel (1+ / 0-)
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        (Or, perhaps 100 kph - Can we make metrification the next idea from the Carter administration to bring back into vogue?)

        And let's give it a twist this time - a proviso that engine-management computers also be hard-wired to limit vehicle speeds to the same.

        Think of it, the 'horsepower war' would be ended in one fell swoop, and we could start actually designing cars for the real world, rather than for Walter Mitty-esque Autobahn fantasies...

        "Federal law limits me to 3 shells when duck hunting, but no law limiting assault magazines. We have more protections for ducks than people." - Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-5)

        by radabush on Thu Aug 15, 2013 at 08:30:56 PM PDT

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      •  Maybe the reason we're "on the ropes" wrt (0+ / 0-)

        climate change isn't a "twenty something year hiatus on advocating energy policy", but that expansion of nuclear energy was shut down.  I agreed with shutting down expansion of nuclear energy back then, but looking back on it, I think it was the wrong move.

    •  don't make me weep (3+ / 0-)
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      "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

      by chimene on Thu Aug 15, 2013 at 03:09:06 PM PDT

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