The attached video (below) was made soon after President Obama’s speech the other night. Getting serious about conservation and improving the environment is a local issue as well as Senator Wirth’s suggestions about national issues. ‘’We can act now. These are things we can do now.’’
Bill Gates and several other top corporate executives have formed a group called the American Energy Innovation Council. They recommend the following: 1) Create an independent national Energy Strategy Board; 2) Invest $16 billion per year in clean energy innovation (vs. $5 billion currency); 3) Create Centers of Excellence with strong domain expertise; 4) Fund the Advanced Research Project Agency-Energy at $1 billion per year; 5) Establish and fund a New Energy Challenge Program to build large-scale pilot projects. Some ideas on how to fund these recommendations are presented but legislation and time will be the leading factors on whether they will work. Government involvement takes time unfortunately.
In Maryland, environmental experts from four government agencies, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Maryland Department of the Environment and Maryland Department of Natural Resources, act as natural resource “trustees” on behalf of the public. Should the environment be impacted by an oil spill, these ‘trustee agencies’ evaluate, assess, then draft a plan to initiate restoration projects with no fee to the taxpayer. Offending parites are cited and held fiscally responsible. Again, when disaster strikes, there is no immediate model for instant action.
Kevin Costner was in Washington D.C. recently too to support smaller businesses that have good proven ideas and methods on how to clean up the Gulf Oil Spill and other environmental travesties. One company he represents can successfully filter sea water out of the oil plumes ‘with a level of 99% purity.’ This company has come up against so much bureaucracy and ‘red tape’ that it’s ‘’like playing a video game that cannot be won,’’ says Costner. Getting the job done without government setbacks has become one of the biggest issues in one of the biggest oil spills in history.
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