America’s energy mantra

“We’re borrowing money from China to buy oil from the Persian Gulf to burn it in ways that destroy the planet. Every bit of that’s got to change.”

I heard this nicely turned phrase used twice by Al Gore on American network news this morning as part of this event. Seems to me it’s likely to become the new American energy mantra for the next few years.

  • It links together what Obama, McCain and many others have been saying for a while now, wrapping it all in a nice catchphrase.
  • Targets two regions of the world Americans are not comfortable with (and who can blame them?) – China and the Middle East. Gore diplomatically kept Canada out of the equation.
  • It actually works fine for both the alternative-energy crowd and the “clean coal” industry movement. NBC actually got an oilman saying he agrees with 95% with Mr. Gore has been saying. I guess it shows Gore is trying to maintain a balancing act between advancing a progressive environmental agenda and bringing everybody on board.

Political Mpressions watched most of the speech live, see her notes!

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