Okay. I was less than impressed with the call for drilling. I’m still unimpressed — and can not figure out why so many people are gung ho for it. (But that’s another post).
McCain has come out new policy proposals that I think are going in the right direction:
* $5,000 tax credit for buying low-emission cars. Cutting the price by $5K will provide incentive to buy the cars, and thus incentive for car manufacturers to make them.
* $300 million prize for full commercial development of a battery capable of powering plug-in hybrids and zero-emission cars. (Honda has announced a full-producton of a hydrogen fuel-cell car already.)
Other measures designed to improve our production of electricity — but not at the individual level. Moreover, clean coal technology and more nuclear plants will do nothing to reduce our demand for oil.
The problem, as our current president has said, is that America is addicted to oil.
So the first measure was to FEED the addiction through more drilling, then toss out a few paltry steps to curb it.
If someone is addicted to drugs, you send them to rehab — where they cut it off cold turkey.
The problem, my friends, is not the supply of oil. It is the demand for it. My next car will be a hybrid at best, one that plugs in would be great… and my concern is not for the environment, but for national security — and my own wallet. Going green would be a welcome bonus.