“Oil is poisoning our climate and our geopolitics, and here is how we’re going to break our addiction: We’re going to set a floor price of $4.50 a gallon for gasoline and $100 a barrel for oil. And that floor price is going to trigger massive investments in renewable energy — particularly wind, solar panels and solar thermal. And we’re also going to go on a crash program to dramatically increase energy efficiency, to drive conservation to a whole new level and to build more nuclear power. And I want every Democrat and every Republican to join me in this endeavor.”
– An Imaginary U.S. President
Thomas Friedman of the New York Times got a little carried away recently dreaming about what true climate change leadership would look like in the White House.
In an opinion piece that should be required reading for environmentalists, other journalists and all politicians, he castigates the current administration for the “massive, fraudulent, pathetic excuse for an energy policy” currently being pushed by the Bush administration and suggests the above as a preferable alternative.