Monday, November 3, 2008

There is no better potential driver that pervades all aspects of our economy than a new energy economy. I was just reading an article in the New York Times by Michael Pollen about food and the fact that our entire agricultural system is built on cheap oil. As a consequence, our agriculture sector actually is contributing more greenhouse gases than our transportation sector. And in the mean time, it's creating monocultures that are vulnerable to national security threats, are now vulnerable to sky-high food prices or crashes in food prices, huge swings in commodity prices, and are partly responsible for the explosion in our healthcare costs because they're contributing to type 2 diabetes, stroke and heart disease, obesity, all the things that are driving our huge explosion in healthcare costs. That's just one sector of the economy. You think about the same thing is true on transportation. The same thing is true on how we construct our buildings. The same is true across the board.

Obama's interpretation of Michael Pollan's article in the NY Times, "Farmer in Chief".

I really hope he means what he says. I'd like to really believe we can change America from the ground up, but I think the ignorance and arrogance and greed is too widespread for that. Government can't make the change, but they can start it. Please, vote for Obama. I know most of you are, but if anyone comes across this post tonight, really think about it before you cast your vote tomorrow. And I don't care who you're rooting, for, VOTE. What you say, how many buttons or bumper stickers you have, how much you write about it, none of it matters if you don't vote.