Of all of the oppressive controls government has heaped upon us, or has plans to, Agenda 21 has to be the single most frightening. Iâ€™m talking hair standing up on the back of your neck, bone chilling frightening. Truly diabolical. Every move you make, every breath you take. Complete and utter control on a global scale.
Worldwide central planning and social engineering courtesy of the United Nations.
One world order â€“global socialism (communitarianism)
Tom DeWeese of the American Policy Center has published an excellent one page primer on Agenda 21.
Awareness of Agenda 21 and Sustainable Development is racing across the nation as citizens in community after community are learning what their city planners are actually up to. As awareness grows, I am receiving more and more calls for tools to help activists fight back. Many complain that elected officials just wonâ€™t read detailed reports or watch long videos. â€œCan you give us something that is quick, and easy to read that we can hand out,â€ Iâ€™m asked.
So here it is. A one page, quick description of Agenda 21 that fits on one page. Iâ€™ve also included for the back side of your hand out a list of quotes for the perpetrators of Agenda 21 that should back up my brief descriptions.
A word of caution, use this as a starter kit, but do not allow it to be your only knowledge of this very complex subject. To kill it you have to know the facts. Research, know your details; discover the NGO players in your community; identify who is victimized by the policies and recruit them to your fight; and then kill Agenda 21. Thatâ€™s how it must be done. The information below is only your first step. Happy hunting.
What is Sustainable Development?
According to its authors, the objective of sustainable development is to integrate economic, social and environmental policies in order to achieve reduced consumption, social equity, and the preservation and restoration of biodiversity. Sustainablists insist that every societal decision be based on environmental impact, focusing on three components; global land use, global education, and global population control and reduction.
Social Equity (Social injustice)
Social justice is described as the right and opportunity of all people â€œto benefit equally from the resources afforded us by society and the environment.â€ Redistribution of wealth. Private property is a social injustice since not everyone can build wealth from it. National sovereignty is a social injustice. Universal health care is a social injustice. All part of Agenda 21 policy.
Public Private Partnerships (PPP). Special dealings between government and certain, chosen corporations which get tax breaks, grants and the governmentâ€™s power of
Eminent Domain to implement sustainable policy. Government-sanctioned monopolies.
Local Sustainable Development policies
Smart Growth, Wildlands Project, Resilient Cities, Regional Visioning Projects, STAR Sustainable Communities, Green jobs, Green Building Codes, â€œGoing Green,â€ Alternative Energy, Local Visioning, facilitators, regional planning, historic preservation, conservation easements, development rights, sustainable farming, comprehensive planning, growth management, consensus.
Who is behind it?
ICLEI â€“ Local Governments for Sustainability (formally, International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives). Communities pay ICLEI dues to provide â€œlocalâ€ community plans, software, training, etc. Addition groups include American Planning Council, The Renaissance Planning Group, International City/ County Management Group, aided by US Mayors Conference, National Governors Association, National League of Cities, National Association of County Administrators and many more private organizations and official government agencies. Foundation and government grants drive the process.
Where did it originate?
The term Sustainable Development was first introduced to the world in the pages a 1987 report (Our Common Future) produced by the United Nations World Commission on Environmental and Development, authored by Gro Harlem Brundtland, VP of the World Socialist Party. The term was first offered as official UN policy in 1992, in a document called UN Sustainable Development Agenda 21, issued at the UNâ€™s Earth Summit, today referred to simply as Agenda 21.
What gives Agenda 21 Ruling Authority?
More than 178 nations adopted Agenda 21 as official policy during a signing ceremony at the Earth Summit. US president George H.W. Bush signed the document for the US. In signing, each nation pledge to adopt the goals of Agenda 21. In 1995, President Bill Clinton, in compliance with Agenda 21, signed Executive Order #12858 to create the Presidentâ€™s Council on Sustainable Development in order to â€œharmonizeâ€ US environmental policy with UN directives as outlined in Agenda 21. The EO directed all agencies of the Federal Government to work with state and local community governments in a joint effort â€œreinventâ€ government using the guidelines outlined in Agenda 21. As a result, with the assistance of groups like ICLEI, Sustainable Development is now emerging as government policy in every town, county and state in the nation.
Revealing Quotes From the Planners
â€œAgenda 21 proposes an array of actions which are intended to be implemented by EVERY person on Earthâ€¦it calls for specific changes in the activities of ALL peopleâ€¦ Effective execution of Agenda 21 will REQUIRE a profound reorientation of ALL humans, unlike anything the world has ever experiencedâ€¦ â€Â Agenda 21: The Earth Summit Strategy to Save Our Planet (Earthpress, 1993). Emphases â€“ DR
Urgent to implement â€“ but we donâ€™t know what it is!
â€œThe realities of life on our planet dictate that continued economic development as we know it cannot be sustainedâ€¦Sustainable development, therefore is a program of action for local and global economic reform â€“ a program that has yet to be fully defined.â€Â The Local Agenda 21 Planning Guide, published by ICLEI, 1996.
â€œNo one fully understands how or even, if, sustainable development can be achieved; however, there is growing consensus that it must be accomplished at the local level if it is ever to be achieved on a global basis.â€Â The Local Agenda 21 Planning Guide, published by ICLEI, 1996.
Agenda 21 and Private Property
â€œLandâ€¦cannot be treated as an ordinary asset, controlled by individuals and subject to the pressures and inefficiencies of the market. Private land ownership is also a principal instrument of accumulation and concentration of wealth, therefore contributes to social injustice.â€Â From the report from the 1976 UNâ€™s Habitat I Conference.
â€œPrivate land use decisions are often driven by strong economic incentives that result in several ecological and aesthetic consequencesâ€¦The key to overcoming it is through public policyâ€¦â€Â Report from the Presidentâ€™s Council on Sustainable Development, page 112.
â€œCurrent lifestyles and consumption patterns of the affluent middle class â€“ involving high meat intake, use of fossil fuels, appliances, home and work air conditioning, and suburban housing are not sustainable.â€Â Maurice Strong, Secretary General of the UNâ€™s Earth Summit, 1992.
Reinvention of Government
â€œWe need a new collaborative decision process that leads to better decisions, more rapid change, and more sensible use of human, natural and financial resources in achieving our goals.â€Â Report from the Presidentâ€™s Council on Sustainable Development
â€œIndividual rights will have to take a back seat to the collective.â€Â Harvey Ruvin, Vice Chairman, ICLEI. The Wildlands Project
â€œWe must make this place an insecure and inhospitable place for Capitalists and their projects â€“ we must reclaim the roads and plowed lands, halt dam construction, tear down existing dams, free shackled rivers and return to wilderness millions of tens of millions of acres or presently settled land.â€Â Dave Foreman, Earth First.
What is not sustainable?
Ski runs, grazing of livestock, plowing of soil, building fences, industry, single family homes, paves and tarred roads, logging activities, dams and reservoirs, power line construction, and economic systems that fail to set proper value on the environment.â€Â UNâ€™s Biodiversity Assessment Report.
Hide Agenda 21â€™s UN roots from the people
â€œParticipating in a UN advocated planning process would very likely bring out many of the conspiracy- fixated groups and individuals in our societyâ€¦ This segment of our society who fear â€˜one-world governmentâ€™ and a UN invasion of the United States through which our individual freedom would be stripped away would actively work to defeat any elected official who joined â€˜the conspiracyâ€™ by undertaking LA21. So we call our process something else, such as comprehensive planning, growth management or smart growth.â€Â J. Gary Lawrence, advisor to President Clintonâ€™s Council on Sustainable Development.
Agenda 21 Handouts
All handouts are in PDF format. Please feel free to make copies!
â€œAre some government agencies manipulating science to advance political agendas?â€ Well it is the Obama regime...sooooo…
Somethingâ€™s amiss at the Department of Interior. Eight government scientists were recently fired or reassigned after voicing concerns to their superiors about faulty environmental science used for policy decisions. Which begs the question, â€œAre some government agencies manipulating science to advance political agendas?â€
Fictional book authors operate in a convenient world, unconstrained by facts and experiences of the real world. The antithesis of works of fiction are scientific findings solely based on provable facts and experience. For agenda-driven environmental science, facts can sometime prove inconvenient. Itâ€™s far easier to advance an agenda with agreeable science, even if that means creating science fiction or fictional science. Fictional science thus becomes the pseudo-reality of environmentalistâ€™s absolutism and any science that disagrees with their predetermined conclusions of man-made harm to the environment is ignored or distorted. Now we learn that in some government agencies, scientists who question the veracity and validity of scientific evidence used to formulate environmental regulations and policies are shunned, kept quiet, and purged.
The purpose of fictional environmental science is to sway public opinion through what amounts to propaganda. Intransigent purveyors of â€œgreenâ€ propaganda know their greatest enemy is truth. One of the most famous propaganda experts was Germanyâ€™s Joseph Goebbels, who taught that if a lie is repeated often enough it will eventually be accepted as truth. Goebbels also knew that truth has to be suppressed if it contradicts the objectives of the propaganda.
Goebbels wrote, â€œIt thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.â€
Remember the well aimed “you donâ€™t just pick the winners and losers, you pick the losers” zinger Romney successfully launched at Obama during the 1st debate? It was a bitch slap heard ’round the world. Arguably [the] best line of the debate.
And the only response Obama could muster was to take his trusty pick-ax index finger and mine for gold?? Ewww. If that is how he behaves in public, one wonders how he acts in private. But I digress.
(Transcript and MORE at Hot Air.)
Moving along, thanks toÂ Heritage we now have an up to date comprehensive list of Obama’s green failures to refer to:
…The fact that some companies are not under financial duress does not make the policy a success. It simply means that our taxpayer dollars subsidized companies that wouldâ€™ve found the financial support in the private market.
So far, 36 companies that have received federal support from taxpayers have either gone bankrupt or are laying off workers and are heading for bankruptcy. This list includes only those companies that received federal money from the Obama Administrationâ€™s Department of Energy. The amount of money indicated does not reflect how much was actually received or spent but how much was offered. The amount also does not include other state, local, and federal tax credits and subsidies, which push the amount of money these companies have received from taxpayers even higher.
The complete list of faltering or bankrupt green-energy companies:
- Evergreen Solar ($24 million)*
- SpectraWatt ($500,000)*
- Solyndra ($535 million)*
- Beacon Power ($69 million)*
- AESâ€™s subsidiary Eastern Energy ($17.1 million)
- Nevada Geothermal ($98.5 million)
- SunPower ($1.5 billion)
- First Solar ($1.46 billion)
- Babcock and Brown ($178 million)
- EnerDelâ€™s subsidiary Ener1 ($118.5 million)*
- Amonix ($5.9 million)
- National Renewable Energy Lab ($200 million)
- Fisker Automotive ($528 million)
- Abound Solar ($374 million)*
- A123 Systems ($279 million)*
- Willard and Kelsey Solar Group ($6 million)
- Johnson Controls ($299 million)
- Schneider Electric ($86 million)
- Brightsource ($1.6 billion)
- ECOtality ($126.2 million)
- Raser Technologies ($33 million)*
- Energy Conversion Devices ($13.3 million)*
- Mountain Plaza, Inc. ($2 million)*
- Olsenâ€™s Crop Service and Olsenâ€™s Mills Acquisition Company ($10 million)*
- Range Fuels ($80 million)*
- Thompson River Power ($6.4 million)*
- Stirling Energy Systems ($7 million)*
- LSP Energy ($2.1 billion)*
- UniSolar ($100 million)*
- Azure Dynamics ($120 million)*
- GreenVolts ($500,000)
- Vestas ($50 million)
- LG Chemâ€™s subsidiary Compact Power ($150 million)
- Nordic Windpower ($16 million)*
- Navistar ($10 million)
- Satcon ($3 million)*
*Denotes companies that have filed for bankruptcy.
Pay close attention, as more are sure to follow.
Thanks to the Obama led ‘war on coal’; “If Obama is re-elected he will put us all out of work permanently.”
The Intelligencer reports:
The miners said Obama’s campaign team is running ads filled with “blatantly false” statements about the miners regarding their participation in Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s August campaign stop at the Century Mine. These ads assert that the miners were forced to attend the event by the mine’s owner, Robert Murray.
“There are numerous false statements and absolute lies concerning our participation in this event, mostly started by a local ‘shock jock’ radio host,” the miners’ letter to Obama states. “Why would you (Obama) lie about the 500 working miners who have signed this letter? We, the employees of the Century Mine would request you immediately stop these false ads.”
The miner’s press conference (full video):
(Miners Fightback) — Coal miners tell Obama to stop the absolute lies in TV ad accusing miners of being props at rally for Romney. Miners held a press conference to release a letter signed by over 500 miners saying they were not forced to attend Romney event. They wanted to attend because there is a war on coal and Obama is leading it. If Obama is re-elected he will put us all out of work permanently.
H/T Fresh Ink (See the Obama ad at link)
Election 2012 Choices: Businessman Who Has Generated Billions (Of Private $) or President Who Has Wasted Trillions (Of Your $)
Vote like your life depends on it, because in a manner of speaking — it does.
Spreading the wealth thinner…
(Townhall) –The Obama Administrationâ€™s â€œgreen jobsâ€ agenda is apparently not limited to the United States. According to CNS News, the administration created a $20 million grant that will go toward creating green projects…in Africa.
The U.S. government is spending $20 million to â€œhelp clean energy projects in Africa get started.â€ Those projects include wind farms and solar panels, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced at the recent Rio +20 Conference in Brazil.
But the government watchdog Judicial Watch criticized the spending as wasteful, given the administrationâ€™s track record in trying to pick green energy winners.
â€œThe U.S.-Africa Clean Energy Finance Initiative will help clean energy projects in Africa get started,â€ said Clinton in her June 22 speech.Â â€œThis is an innovative partnership between three United States government entities â€“ the State Department, OPIC (the Overseas Private Investment Corporation), and the U.S. Trade and Development Agency. We want to drive private sector investment into the energy sector.â€
Clinton said the initial $20 million grant will “leverage much larger investment flows from OPIC,â€ which is the U.S. government’s development finance institution. â€œThat will open the door then for hundreds of millions of dollars of OPIC financing, plus hundreds of millons of more dollars from the private sector for projects that otherwise would never get off the drawing board.â€
Also see this recent post: Geothermal Co. [Still] Struggling After $98.5 MILLION Taxpayer Bailout
Outstanding video by Free Market America inspired by Paul Harvey’s classic essay,”If I were the devil”.
(FreeMarketAmerica) –The environmental agenda has been infected by extremism it’s become an economic suicide pact. And we’re here to challenge it.
If I wanted America to fail …
To follow, not lead; to suffer, not prosper; to despair, not dream — I’d start with energy.
I’d cut off America’s supply of cheap, abundant energy. Of course, I couldn’t take it by force. So, I’d make Americans feel guilty for using the energy that heats their homes, fuels their cars, runs their businesses, and powers their economy.
I’d make cheap energy expensive, so that expensive energy would seem cheap.
I would empower unelected bureaucrats to all-but-outlaw America’s most abundant sources of energy. And after banning its use in America, I’d make it illegal for American companies to ship it overseas.
If I wanted America to fail …
I’d use our schools to teach one generation of Americans that our factories and our cars will cause a new Ice Age, and I’d muster a straight face so I could teach the next generation that they’re causing Global Warming.
And when it’s cold out, I’d call it Climate Change instead.
I’d imply that America’s cities and factories could run on wind power and wishes. I’d teach children how to ignore the hypocrisy of condemning logging, mining and farming — while having roofs over their heads, heat in their homes and food on their tables.
I would never teach children that the free market is the only force in human history to uplift the poor, establish the middle class and create lasting prosperity. Instead, I’d demonize prosperity itself, so that they will not miss what they will never have.
If I wanted America to fail …
I would create countless new regulations and seldom cancel old ones. They would be so complicated that only bureaucrats, lawyers and lobbyists could understand them. That way small businesses with big ideas wouldn’t stand a chance — and I would never have to worry about another Thomas Edison, Henry Ford or Steve Jobs.
I would ridicule as “Flat Earthers” those who urge us to lower energy costs by increasing supply. And when the evangelists of commonsense try to remind people about the law of supply and demand, I’d enlist a sympathetic media to drown them out.
If I wanted America to fail …
I would empower unaccountable bureaucracies seated in a distant capitol to bully Americans out of their dreams and their property rights. I’d send federal agents to raid guitar factories for using the wrong kind of wood; I’d force homeowners to tear down the homes they built on their own land.
I’d make it almost impossible for farmers to farm, miners to mine, loggers to log, and builders to build. And because I don’t believe in free markets, I’d invent false ones. I’d devise fictitious products — like carbon credits — and trade them in imaginary markets. I’d convince people that this would create jobs and be good for the economy.
If I wanted America to fail …
For every concern, I’d invent a crisis; and for every crisis, I’d invent the cause.
Like shutting down entire industries and killing tens of thousands of jobs in the name of saving spotted owls. When everyone learned the stunning irony that the owls were victims of their larger cousins — and not people — it would already be decades too late.
If I wanted America to fail …
I’d make it easier to stop commerce than start it — easier to kill jobs than create them — more fashionable to resent success than to seek it. When industries seek to create jobs, I’d file lawsuits to stop them. And then I’d make taxpayers pay for my lawyers.
If I wanted America to fail …
I would transform the environmental agenda from a document of conservation to an economic suicide pact. I would concede entire industries to our economic rivals by imposing regulations that cost trillions.
I would celebrate those who preach environmental austerity in public while indulging a lavish lifestyle in private. I’d convince Americans that Europe has it right, and America has it wrong.
If I wanted America to fail …
I would prey on the goodness and decency of ordinary Americans. I would only need to convince them … that all of this is for the greater good.
If I wanted America to fail, I suppose I wouldn’t change a thing.
In other words, every move the progressive cabal has ever made.
Philips Wins $10 MILLION Taxpayer Subsidized Prize For Affordable Green Lightbulb With $50 Price Tag!
What planet are these eco-marxists idiots living on? Certainly not the one where the jobs recession is the longest since WWII.
(WaPo)The U.S. government last year announced a $10 million award, dubbed the â€œL Prize,â€ for any manufacturer that could create a â€œgreenâ€ but affordable light bulb.
Energy Secretary Steven Chu said the prize would spur industry to offer the costly bulbs, known as LEDs, at prices â€œaffordable for American families.â€ There was also a â€œBuy Americaâ€ component. Portions of the bulb would have to be made in the United States.
Now the winning bulb is on the market.
The price is $50.
Retailers said the bulb, made by Philips, is likely to be too pricey to have broad appeal. Similar LED bulbs are less than half the cost.
Still, the contest set price goals. According to the L Prize guidelines, manufacturers were â€œstrongÂly encouraged to offer products at prices that prove cost-effective and attractive to buyers, and therefore more successful in the market.â€
The target retail price, including rebates from utilities, was to be $22 in the first year, $15 in the second year and $8 in the third year.
$28 shy of the price goal set by the L Prize contest, yet Phillips’ $50 light bulb wasÂ still chosen as the winner. Failure must have been an option.
Reality is not their friend but apparently the crack pipe is their BFF.
Image source: Liberally Conservative’s “Obamaâ€™s Green Corruption“
And a little something about his calling for the “striking of a grand bargain” with the Big Three automakers –taxpayers “picking up the tab for retiree health care costs in exchange for the car companies using that savings to invest in more fuel-efficient cars.”
Obama speech: Energy Independence: A Call for Leadership
TOPIC: Oil & Alternative Fuels
September 20, 2006
Now that summer’s over and gas prices have finally come down a bit, there’s a temptation to put any discussion about energy on the back burner until the next crisis arises. Gone are the days when the President would make sweeping pronouncements in his State of the Union about America’s addiction to oil – today there is far more political mileage out of questioning Democrats’ commitment to fighting terror than by affirming America’s commitment to energy independence.
But as the President may or may not have learned by now, simply ignoring a problem doesn’t make it go away. Because while headlines about price gouging and gas lines have temporarily faded from the news, new headlines have emerged that should have us every bit as concerned about the addiction we just can’t seem to shake.
In just the last week, two in particular caught my eye.
One is from the Detroit Free Press, and it talks about how Ford Motor Company plans to cut 30,000 hourly jobs, 14,000 salaried jobs, and close sixteen plants by 2012.
Now, there are plenty of reasons for Ford’s financial troubles, but one of the most glaring has been their inability to compete with foreign counterparts by transitioning to the fuel-efficient and hybrid vehicles that represent the future of the auto industry.
200,000 of these hybrids are driving around China today, a country that already has a higher fuel economy than we do. Over in Japan, Toyota is doubling production of the popular Prius to sell 100,000 in the U.S. this year. But at Ford, there are plans to make only 20,000 Escape Hybrids in 2006, and GM’s brand won’t be on the market until 2007. Meanwhile, the waiting lists for a hybrid car in this country get longer by the day.
These foreign auto companies are out-innovating and out-competing us, and if we do nothing to help U.S. carmakers, tens of thousands more jobs and billions in business will be heading overseas in the months to come.
Unfortunately, job losses and foreign competition are just the half of it. Because the second headline that caught my eye was in Saturday’s New York Times, and it read, “Suicide Attacks Foiled at 2 Oil Sites in Yemen.”
This news is disturbing, but not surprising. For years, Al Qaeda has been trying to attack Middle Eastern oil refineries as a way to wreak havoc on the U.S. economy. Osama bin Laden himself has said, “Focus your operations on oil, especially in Iraq and the Gulf area, since this will cause them to die off [on their own].” In the past, even minor attacks have caused global prices to jump $2 per barrel in a single day. And a former CIA agent tells us that if terrorists ever succeeded in destroying an entire oil complex, it could take enough oil off the market to cause financial catastrophe in America.
More than anything else, headlines like these represent a realization that goes far beyond the temporary rise and fall of gas prices. It’s a realization that for all of our economic dominance – for all of our military might – the Achilles heel of the most powerful country on Earth is the oil we cannot live without.
The President knows this. That thousands of autoworkers are losing their jobs. That we spend $18 million on foreign oil ever hour. That our climate is changing and global temperatures are rising.
And yet, for someone who talks tough about defending America, actually solving our energy crisis seems to factor pretty low on the President’s agenda.
And that’s because as much as George Bush might want to defend America, he also needs to defend his vision of government – and that’s a government that can’t, won’t, and shouldn’t solve great national challenges like our energy dependence.
That’s why the President’s funding for renewable fuels is at the same level it was the day he took office. That’s why his budget funds less then half of the energy bill he himself signed into law. That’s why billions of tax dollars that could’ve been used to fund energy research went to the record-profiting oil companies instead.
And that’s why it’s time to stand up for a new vision of government this November.
You see, it’s this timidity – this smallness – in our politics that’s holding us back right now. The idea that some problems are just too big to handle, and if you just ignore them, sooner or later, they’ll go away.
But that’s not where the American people are. They still believe in an America where anything’s possible – they just don’t think their leaders do. They still dream big dreams – they just sense their leaders have forgotten how.
There’s a reason that some have compared the quest for energy independence to the Manhattan Project or the Apollo moon landing. Like those historic efforts, moving away from an oil economy is a major challenge that will require a sustained national commitment.
During World War II, we had an entire country working around the clock to produce enough planes and tanks to beat the Axis powers. In the middle of the Cold War, we built a national highway system so we had a quick way to transport military equipment across the country. When we wanted to beat the Russians into space, we poured millions into a national education initiative that graduated thousands of new scientists and engineers.
If we hope to strengthen our security and create hundreds of thousands of new jobs, we can offer no less of a commitment to energy independence.
With technology we have on the shelves right now and fuels we can grow right here in America, by 2025 we can reduce our oil imports by over 7.5. million barrels per day – an amount greater than all the oil we are expected to import from the entire Middle East.
We start by producing cars that use less oil. The auto industry has not been asked to raise fuel economy standards in seventeen years, and lately we’ve just stopped asking them to.
Today, we have no choice. Starting in 2008, if we raised CAF’E standards a modest 3% a year over the next twelve years, by 2020 passenger vehicles would average 40.5 mpg and light trucks would average 32.6 mpg. This is by no means a dramatic increase – five years ago, the National Academy of Sciences concluded that raising CAF’E to 33 mpg for passenger cars could easily be done without compromising passenger safety.
Not only would this reduce America’s oil consumption, but it would increase profits for the auto industry. Yesterday a University of Michigan report came out that said if the Big Three automakers took proactive steps to increase the fuel-efficiency of their vehicles, they would stand to gain up to $2 billion more in profits per year. But if they continue on their current path, they could stand to lose up to $3.6 billion in profits.
Of course, auto executives are right when they say that transitioning to these more fuel-efficient automobiles would be costly at a time of sagging profits and stiff competition, and that’s precisely why the federal government shouldn’t let the industry face these costs on their own.
We should strike a grand bargain with the Big Three automakers where the government [TAXPAYERS] picks up part of the tab for their retiree health care costs – a tab that ran almost $6.7 billion just last year – in exchange for the car companies using that savings to invest in more fuel-efficient cars.
Beyond raising CAFE, however, it’s time we replace oil altogether as America’s fuel of choice. This doesn’t just mean singing the praises of ethanol and hoping that it finds its way into our fuel supply on its own. It means taking major steps now to put a national biofuel infrastructure in place.
Already, some cars on the road have the flexible-fuel tanks necessary for them to run on E85, a cheaper, cleaner blend of 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline. But millions upon millions of cars still don’t have these tanks.
It’s time for them to install those tanks in every single car they make, and it’s time for the government [TAXPAYERS] to cover this small cost, which currently runs at just $100 per car. We should also make sure that from now on, every single automobile the government purchases is a flex-fuel vehicle.
It’s also a time to start making E85 fueling stations more available to the public. Currently, only 681 out of 170,000 fueling stations in America offer E85 pumps. This is not acceptable. Every American should have the choice to fill up their car with E85 at any fueling station. And oil companies should stop standing in the way and join us in making this happen. If the big oil companies would devote just 1% of their first quarter profits this year to install E85 pumps, more than 7,000 service stations would be able to serve E85 to hungry motorists.
Finally, we should reduce the risk of investing in renewable fuels by providing loan guarantees and venture capital to those entrepreneurs with the best plans to develop and sell biofuels. And we should create a market for renewable fuels by ramping up the renewable fuel standard and creating an alternative diesel standard in this country that together would blend 65 billion gallons of renewable fuels into the petroleum supply each year.
In the days and months after September 11th, Americans were waiting to be called to something bigger than themselves. Just like their parents and grandparents of the Greatest Generation, they were willing to serve and defend their country – not only on the fields of war, but on the homefront too.
This is our chance to step up and serve. For decades, we have heard President after President call for energy independence in this country, but for decades, we have fallen short. Well it’s time to call on ourselves. We shouldn’t wait for the next time gas hits $3 a gallon - and we shouldn’t accept any more headlines that talk about a dying auto industry or a terrorist plot to use oil as a weapon against America. We should act – and we should act now.
Now is the time for serious leadership to get us started down the path of energy independence. Now is the time for this call to arms. I hope some of the ideas I’ve laid out today can serve as a basis for this call, but I also hope that members of both parties and all levels of government can come together in the near future to launch this serious quest for energy independence. Thank you.