Saturday, April 12, 2008

Carbon dependence has empoverished the US....

From Vanity Fair via

Robert F. Kennedy Jr.: The Next President's First Task [A Manifesto]

Robert F. Kennedy Jr., in an editorial for Vanity Fair, writes: "Today, we don't need to abolish carbon as an energy source in order to see its inefficiencies starkly, or to understand that this addiction is the principal drag on American capitalism. The evidence is before our eyes.

The practice of borrowing a billion dollars each day to buy foreign oil has caused the American dollar to implode. More than a trillion dollars in annual subsidies to coal and oil producers have beggared a nation that four decades ago owned half the globe's wealth.

Carbon dependence has eroded our economic power, destroyed our moral authority, diminished our international influence and prestige, endangered our national security, and damaged our health and landscapes. It is subverting everything we value."

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