I love my country. It's a beautiful land with pride in innovation, independence and individual liberty. I hope to see America stay strong, free and beautiful. Right now that's in jeopardy.
We depend upon despots for too much of our energy. We aren't anything like energy self-sufficient. The chain from the gas pump to Osama Bin Laden's riches is far too short. I don't like the way the governments of most of the oil-rich nations treat their people.
Reducing our dependency on foreign oil is critical to our national security.
We import about as much oil today as we did prior to 9/11. We import about 66% of what we use. Do we we want to keep that up?
We pride ourselves on American ingenuity. Couple that with a historic respect for thriftiness (that sadly seems to have diminished in the last several decades) and one wonders why we don't have well-insulated buildings and a highly efficient transportation system.
That is, why don't we apply the technologies that are available today to do the same things we do now at lower cost in ways that promise to keep more of our dollars in our pockets and in our own country? It's the patriotic thing to do, isn't it? Oh yeah, it's better for the environment too.
A note of explanation:
Last week I attended the Climate Change Education Roundtable, sponsored by the National Research Council's Board on Science Education. The meeting was fascinating and I'm really pleased at how it brought focus to the need think outside of the boxes we live and work in, especially we who have somewhat of an academic bent. Check out the set of commissioned papers:
It's got me thinking more about how to reach people who have priorities that are different from, but perhaps complementary to, mine. I'd like you to think about that too. There are a fair number of people who simply tune out discussions of climate change, but reducing climate impacts hold the promise of reducing other problems in tandem.
The above is an attempt at crafting an argument that reaches outside the proverbial choir, and while I believe everything I said, it somehow feels, um, disingenuous? Is there something wrong with this argument? How do you talk with those who aren't in the choir? Or are you someone who is outside my choir? Does this help to convince you that energy efficiency is simply prudent? If not, why not?