Thursday, May 31, 2007

William F. Buckley, Jr. is a Damn Hippie!

"The congressional initiative to take coal and transform it into a liquid that serves to replace various fuels is going to have a hard time. Coalescing as fighting camps are (l) a public that says we have to devise a means of producing energy without dependence on the Persian Gulf, and (2) a public that says that the coal-based alternative being offered neglects the superordinate demands of our country and of our planet."

"The planet is ours, but the planet, for all that it gives us so much abundance, is closing in on the question of energy, so that before long we will need the sun and the wind to keep us mobile."

William F. Buckley Jr. on Energy on National Review Online

For those of you who didn't catch my attempt at irony in the title, William F. Buckley is one of the leading conservative voices in America. He is writing about our country's dependence on foreign oil, the nasty effects of coal on our environment, and the positive alternative energies such as solar and wind. I post it in an attempt to quell conservative voices who seem to use namecalling (such as that in the title of the post) to shout down people who suggest alternative energies as solutions to environmental and energy concerns.

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