It's now Day 8 of the government shutdown, and a lot of people are hurting. But some of the greatest suffering may ultimately come to our country collectively, as potentially groundbreaking climate and energy research -- not to mention policy -- is now put on hold.
The greenest technology in the world will help no one if it cannot be marketed. In addition to government assistance, the private sector must rely heavily on itself to create and market the latest in the green space.
In short, we run the risk of drowning in oil, but we don't have a choice. But is that really true? Are we trapped for decades in the grasp of this collective addiction that destroys the nature we depend on for our very existence while emptying our national treasury?
I think Obama's off to a very good start. But let's not clear space on Mount Rushmore yet. Just as I didn't think he deserved the Nobel, I don't think that Obama's very good start equates to a great presidency.