Posts tagged “Charlie Rose”

My quick take on the debate

Basically, McCain seems like a mean, out of touch, old man and neither he, nor Obama, seem specific enough about anything. These debates aren’t real debate. If I wanted stump speeches, I could get them anytime from the candidates’ web sites. I want actual, face to face debate where the candidates refer to each other by their given names and not as “my opponent” and “that one” and they actually answer real questions from a strong moderator.

I would honestly love to see us use the BBC’s Jeremy Paxman as a moderator for our debates. All politicians would quiver in their shoes at the thought of facing his *gasp* actual questions. We should force our candidates to put themselves to the hazard and that never happens in these debates. That is the very least that should be required to pass the public opinion gauntlet.

After the jump, some of Jeremy Paxman’s best. This, my fellow Americans, is what journalism can and should look like on television. Read the rest of this entry »

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Amory Lovins for President

Eco-Tech: Amory Lovins discusses the future of the automobile

Amory is the co-founder and Chief Scientist for the Rocky Mountain Institute. I’ve been following this excellent American ever since I spotted him on The Science Channel’s Eco-Tech, talking about how our cars only use .03% (that’s three hundredths of one percent) of the fuel to move the car’s driver. The rest is lost to moving the heavy vehicle itself and to the inefficiencies of the internal combustion engine. Watch this fascinating segment above.

Evidently, I was very late in jumping on the Lovins bandwagon. He has been the authoritative voice on U.S. energy policy since 1976, as I learned from this recent clip (below) from the Charlie Rose show (July 15, 2008) The interview runs about 28 minutes and every minute is informative and exhilarating. Hope has that effect on me.

Charlie Rose: Conversation with Amory Lovins (07/15/2008)

These days, it is exceedingly difficult to find reasons to be proud to be an American. I’m sure to get a lot of blowback from my “conservative” readers (Hi Dad! Hi Grandpa!) for saying that, but it is my truth and I’m sure I’m not alone in that. Hell, ask Michelle Obama. (note: I think it was very brave of her to say what she said about her American pride. The truth shall set us free.)

My point, which I will now finally illuminate, is that Amory Lovins is a great reason to be both proud to be an American and incredibly frustrated with where we are today in America. He’s been saying the same things for the last 30+ years and his ideas have been unable to gain appreciable traction until…wait for it…starting…now. I don’t imagine he would ever enter the political sphere as a candidate, but his vision and wisdom are both vital to the future of the United States. Can you say Secretary of Energy? Dream a little dream and it may come true. What a wonderful world that could be, eh? Watch these videos and then study up on what the RMI is up to, won’t you?

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