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ΕΝΕΡΓΕΙΑΚΟ ΤΣΟΥΝΑΜΙ; Είναι τρελοί αυτοί οι Ρωμαίοι!
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Δευτέρα, 21 Ιουλίου 2008
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Ανοιχτή Επιστολή προς τον ΝΕΟ πρόεδρο των Η.Π.Α (όποιος και αν είναι αυτός). Την επιστολή υπογράφουν κάποιοι «όχι και τόσο ασήμαντοι», οι οποίοι καθόριζαν (ίσως ορισμένοι να καθορίζουν ακόμη) την πολιτική των ΗΠΑ (Henry Kissinger κ.α.). Σημειώνεται ότι είναι διακομματική η σύνθεση των συντακτών. Η επιστολή δημοσιεύτηκε στις 15 Ιουλίου 2008 (δυστυχώς δεν την είδα πουθενά ως είδηση... γιατί να χαλάσει η ευφορία των ημερών άλλωστε!)

 

 

Δράστης: Institute for 21st Century Energy

Όπλο: An Open Letter On America’s Energy Future

Στόχος: Ο νέος Πρόεδρος των ΗΠΑ και τα μέλη του 111ου Κογκρέσου

Κίνητρο: Η διασφάλιση του ενεργειακού μέλλοντος των ΗΠΑ (και όχι μόνο!) από την Ενεργειακή Κρίση που έρχεται (σύμφωνα με το «Ίδρυμα» και τους υπογράφοντες).

 

Για την ιστορία, ο James Jones, πρόεδρος του Institute for 21st Century Energy δήλωσε με νόημα σχετικά με την επιστολή:

"There's an energy tsunami coming, and when you see it coming you better get on top of the wave, or you're going to get crushed by it ..."

 

Στη συνέχεια δίνεται μέρος της επιστολή και τα ονόματα όσων την υπογράφουν. Ολόκληρη η επιστολή υπάρχει στον παρακάτω σύνδεσμο.

 

 

Securing America's Energy Future

An open letter to the 44th President of the United States and the 111th U.S. Congress:

America is facing a long-term energy crisis, one which could become one of the most significant economic and national security challenges of the 21st century.  We strongly recommend that you attach the highest priority to developing and implementing a strategic energy policy that has a long-term, commonsense vision and the full attention of our national leadership.  Energy fuels our competitiveness in the world economy and supports our quality of life.  It underpins our innovative high-tech economy, resilient manufacturing base, bountiful agricultural sector, and courageous armed forces.  In short, energy, and how we use it, will define who we are as a nation for the foreseeable future.  

Energy is essential across the spectrum of our priorities as a nation.  The security and prosperity of future generations will depend on the actions we take or fail to take today.  As a nation entrusted with global leadership responsibilities, we must clearly demonstrate that we both understand the complexity of our energy and environmental challenges and that we have the capacity and the will to take action to wisely address them. 

Fortunately, we are a nation blessed with natural resources and a great capacity for technological innovation.  Over the last 30 years, we have cut the amount of energy needed to produce a dollar of gross domestic product by nearly one-half.  However, global demand for energy will increase by more than 50 percent between now and 2030 and by as much as 30 percent here at home.  Meeting this soaring demand requires swift and effective action.  Failure cannot be an option where our energy strategy is concerned, but success will not be instantly achieved.  Solving America’s energy problem requires a strategic plan underpinned by durable policy and fiscal commitments. 

For too long, our approach to energy has been conflicted, contradictory, and shortsighted. We demand more energy and complain about high prices, but we restrict energy exploration and production.  We embrace the promise of energy efficiency, but we are slow to make adjustments in our energy-intensive lifestyles.  We take the production of electricity almost for granted, yet we oppose the construction of new power plants and transmission lines.  We are betting on the development of new and transformational energy technologies, but we underinvest in the energy research and development needed to bring it about. 

Any successful effort to enhance our energy security while respecting the environment must begin with consistent and determined leadership by the White House and Congress—but it cannot end there.  This cannot be an effort solely borne by a single administration, or even by the government as a whole.  This is a challenge that must be met through the efforts of the private sector, government at all levels, and our society at large. It is an effort that will have to be sustained for decades to come, and it will require American leadership on the global stage.

To succeed, we must reexamine outdated and entrenched positions, become better informed about the sources of our fuel and power, and make judgments based on facts, sound science, and shared responsibilities.  

Extraordinary and consistent political leadership is required.  We need to be persistent and patient as there are no swift solutions.  We need to resist the temptation to rely on taxes or subsidies as the solutions of choice to meet our energy challenges; instead, we must recognize that our strength lies in open and competitive markets if we truly expect to drive change and generate momentum for progress.  Certain government actions to accelerate capital investment, market transformation, and legal and regulatory certainty will be necessary to accelerate the development, demonstration, and adoption of new technologies.  Foremost, we must rise above partisan differences and be united in our efforts.

America is unmatched in the caliber of its academic institutions, research laboratories, entrepreneurs, and private industry.  We have to unleash the real and unique power of America’s innovation to solve our energy and environmental challenges.  This is a monumental calling, but it is also a historic opportunity for America to demonstrate global leadership, create new American industries and jobs, and develop new exports.

We remain optimistic that America when challenged, properly informed, and led will successfully meet these challenges.  We strongly recommend that our next president and the 111th Congress commit to a strategic and comprehensive program based on the following clear and fundamental pillars.  The nation’s leadership should, as a matter of national policy...  ΣΥΝΕΧΙΖΕΤΑΙ

 

Spencer Abraham
Former Secretary of Energy and U.S. Senator (R-MI)

Dr. David M. Abshire
Former Ambassador to NATO and President and CEO of the Center for the Study of the Presidency

George F. Allen
Former U.S. Senator (R-VA) and Governor of Virginia

Richard L. Armitage
Former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State

Howard H. Baker, Jr.
Former U.S. Senator (R-TN), White House Chief of Staff, and U.S. Ambassador to Japan

James A. Baker, III
Former White House Chief of Staff, U.S. Secretary of State, and U.S. Secretary of Treasury

Gen. Charles G. Boyd, USAF (Ret.)
President and Chief Executive Officer of Business Executives for National Security

Frank C. Carlucci
Former U.S. Secretary of Defense

William S. Cohen
Former U.S. Secretary of Defense, U.S. Senator and Representative (R-ME)

Thomas J. Donohue
President and CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Kenneth M. Duberstein
Former White House Chief of Staff

Donald L. Evans
Former U.S. Secretary of Commerce

J. Bennett Johnston
Former U.S. Senator (D-LA)

General James L. Jones (Ret. USMC)
President and CEO of the Institute for 21st Century Energy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Dr. Henry A. Kissinger
Former National Security Advisor and U.S. Secretary of State

Robert “Bud” McFarlane
Former National Security Advisor

Thomas F. “Mack” McLarty, III
Former Counselor to President Clinton, Special Envoy for the Americas, and White House Chief of Staff

Sam Nunn
Co-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Nuclear Threat Initiative and former U.S. Senator (D-GA)

Dr. William J. Perry
Former U.S. Secretary of Defense

Gen. Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.)
Former U.S. Secretary of State, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and National Security Advisor
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Charles S. Robb
Former U.S. Senator (D-VA) and Governor of Virginia

Joseph E. Robert, Jr.
Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of J.E. Robert Companies

Dr. James R. Schlesinger
Former U.S. Secretary of Energy, U.S. Secretary of Defense, and Director of the Central Intelligence Agency

Lt. Gen. Brent Scowcroft (Ret. USAF)
Former National Security Advisor

Dr. George P. Shultz
Former U.S. Secretary of State, Secretary of the Treasury, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, and Secretary of Labor

Admiral James D. Watkins (Ret. USN)
Former U.S. Secretary of Energy and Chief of Naval Operations

R. James Woolsey
Former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency

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