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  •  Even if Obama made a declaration like (0+ / 0-)

    that, it would immediately die in Congress. And it would be basically two things: more research and tax credits for renewables.

    •  A declaration (0+ / 0-)

      spelling out the reasons and emphasizing the national security aspect of being energy independent and presenting an ironclad date that we will achieve independence by, as Kennedy did with the space race, would capture the minds of Americans and focus our collective will.

      The program would involve lots of research, and didn't the Apollo Program of the '60's?  But I think you underestimate what I'm talking about if you think it would be so limited as to involve nothing more than research and tax credits.

      "Freedom of the press belongs to the man who owns one." -- A.J. Liebling

      by Ross Lampert on Sun May 29, 2011 at 11:28:29 PM PDT

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      •  I think you overestimate the influence (0+ / 0-)

        of Presidential declarations. Kennedy was saying essentially what people where ready to hear: winning the competition with the Soviets was smth everyone wanted with almost no exceptions. But with energy there is no strong public support for the radical change in energy policy. Of course, presidential declaration may influence public opinion but not by much.

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