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  •  A more apt comparison than to Apollo (7+ / 0-)

    would be to WWII mobilization. The stakes are even higher this time.

    If we could do it in 1941-45, we can do it again. And maybe the only way to do get some people on board is by scaring the shit out of them.

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      my 12 year old g'babe on WWII and what the country did.   Thanks

      Remember- when the Republicans start accusing others of doing something they consider awful, it is because they are doing it and trying to cover it.

      by maybeeso in michigan on Fri Jul 18, 2008 at 09:22:14 AM PDT

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    •  Debbie Cook said the same thing (4+ / 0-)

      on the energy smart panel this morning here at Netroots.  She pointed out that the energy transformation we need will require more public involvement -- it won't be achieved by a small scientific community working behind closed doors in Manhatten or out in the Nevada desert.

      Although I love the analogy of the Apollo program (being a "space brat", myself) and the Manhatten Project metaphor is a catchy and meaningful one, the truth is, it will take a population willing to gas ration, tend Victory Gardens, conserve energy, buy energy smart, hook their homes into the electric grid (that we're gonna build with wind and solar--yes we can!)to make it work!

      Finding your own Voice -- The personal is political!

      by In her own Voice on Fri Jul 18, 2008 at 09:29:24 AM PDT

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      •  I wish I knew more about how the (2+ / 0-)
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        auto industry retooled from cars to tanks for WWII. I hear about it all the time, but how did they do it? What was the extent of the govt involvement? Complete takeover?
        With all the troubles in MI, I don't see why they aren't completely retooling for PHEVs. A new VW plant coming into Chattanooga & they plan to sell a ton of energy efficient models.

        Political Will: the ultimate renewable resource. Now follow the leader.

        by spiraltn on Fri Jul 18, 2008 at 09:38:41 AM PDT

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    •  Yeah, go run on that platform (0+ / 0-)

      explain to the average American that we are going to ration basic items so that we can have green power and see how that plays in an election...

      Oh right, we see it every year, the Green Party does run a candidate, let's see how many are elected this year...

      The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.

      by deathsinger on Fri Jul 18, 2008 at 11:40:52 AM PDT

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