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robertpaulsen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-02-07 07:45 PM
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41. Dennis gives a brilliant answer to my question about Peak Oil.
I spent this past Sunday afternoon at the St. Matthias Episcopal Church in Whittier, California to see Dennis Kucinich speak. After a very eloquent, passionate speech he opened the floor for anyone in the audience to ask him a question. Here is what transpired:

Me: Are you familiar with the Hirsch Report for the Department of Energy on Peak Oil that was one of Project Censoreds top 20 censored stories of 2005, and what would you do as President to prepare America for the global peak of oil production which Robert Hirsch believes could occur within the next ten years?

Dennis: (to me) Of course Ive read the reports and Im familiar with it. And Congressman Roscoe Bartlett, who is a Republican from Maryland has done some great work on the Peak Oil issue. (to audience) In a word, what Peak Oil means is its a point at which we pass the peak of an oil supply and we start to work on non-renewable resources being depleted. What does this mean? It means that theyll seek other environments such as in Iraq and Venezuela in the inevitable way some of our leaders like the open markets. It also means theres an urgency right now to work at conservation, I mentioned this earlier. What we have to makewhen I was growing up, President Kennedy created this challenge of wanting to put somebody on the moon. So they organized the whole country, we were competing with Russia at the time, but he organized the country. So we had this great cause, to harness our intellect for our scientific power and to bring this nation together, this great cause to reach for the stars. We need a similar call! And Im ready to lead this nation in a similar call. To conserve energy, to develop alternative energy and to move away from non-sustainable forms of energy which, by the way, not only jeopardize our politics, but jeopardize the planet. So all this is connected. I spoke earlier about oil being interconnected and interdependent, you know, our energy policies have an effect on our politics. Our politics affects the rest of the world. Our energy policies have an effect on our health. Our health determines what our demands are for health care in this country. All this stuff is bound up together. So we need to have a call where we come together as a nation. Theres a hunger in America right now for coming together! For uniting! But not some kind of false unity, but in a higher purpose that states who we really are and just identify ourselves with something thats almost transcendent, beyond ourselves. We have this potential right now to be more than we are, dreaded(?) in the world. Americans are ready to call and to participate something in this grand cause, not just to save ourselves but to save our nation and the planet. What a great opportunity this is! What a wonderful time it is to be alive, to realize that we can consciously reconstruct the world! That we are called upon to save the world! That we have the intelligence and spirit to do it and we only have to have the willingness to do it. We only have to believe that our political system is ready for transformation and if we have the courage to take it in that direction, then Ill take it and Ill change it. But (were) just waiting and testing ourselves as to how far were ready to go to bring about the change, and I think theres a readiness now. I think people have seen enough of the war! I think people have seen enough of the deception! Theyve seen enough of the undermining of our civil liberties! Theyve seen enough to the point that (theyve) hijacked(?) an entire American agenda!

This is my transcription of my audio cassette recording. I placed question marks after words I was unsure of, but for the most part I think Kucinich's message is pretty clear. We need to have a plan to deal with Peak Oil on the level of the Apollo Moon Project President Kennedy initiated. Has any other 2008 Presidential candidate articulated an understanding of or a plan for Peak Oil? I would venture a guess that Dennis is the only one at this time.

On a personal note, I want to add that meeting Dennis and hearing him speak was an electrifying experience! He answered everyone's questions, some of them hard hitting, these were definitely not pre-screened plants. I was able to have him autograph my copy of A Prayer for America after the questions outside the church. I told him that reading it was what prompted me to vote for him in the 2004 primary. He looked me in the eye, thanked me and shook my hand. Dennis is the real Real Deal.
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  -Gee, Dennis Kucinich sounds like a, well, real Democrat.... marmar  Feb-02-07 10:41 AM   #0 
  - He's more effective when he's not emotional or loud...  kentuck   Feb-02-07 10:42 AM   #1 
  - Watch the press hype.  cyclezealot   Feb-02-07 10:59 AM   #15 
  - I prefer emotion to cool dispassion, however brilliant.  WinkyDink   Feb-02-07 11:02 AM   #17 
  - So, so true...  ourvoicescount   Feb-02-07 11:24 AM   #19 
  - Oh that's right. Screw the message for the "presentation,"  lonestarnot   Feb-03-07 07:31 AM   #53 
  - This is very moving  eleny   Feb-02-07 10:42 AM   #2 
  - the story about Lebanon actually brought tears to my eyes  w8liftinglady   Feb-02-07 10:44 AM   #3 
     - Me too....  marmar   Feb-02-07 10:48 AM   #5 
     - And me, too  eleny   Feb-02-07 10:56 AM   #12 
     - What did he say?  Mandate My Ass   Feb-02-07 10:52 AM   #8 
     - He talked about a trip he and his wife took after the Israel-Lebanon conflict...  marmar   Feb-02-07 10:55 AM   #10 
        - He even went to Palestine. Man has courage.  Tom Joad   Feb-02-07 10:58 AM   #13 
        - That is heartbreaking  Mandate My Ass   Feb-02-07 10:58 AM   #14 
           - Pictures from Lebanon  Luckyduck   Feb-02-07 04:10 PM   #23 
     - Me too  Beaverhausen   Feb-02-07 11:26 AM   #20 
  - Edwards and Kucinich this morning really got it done.  Old Crusoe   Feb-02-07 10:46 AM   #4 
  - The messages that the Democratic Party candidate needs to carry forward.  Skidmore   Feb-02-07 10:51 AM   #7 
  - I hear you loud and clear.  Old Crusoe   Feb-02-07 10:53 AM   #9 
     - We need a candidate who makes us proud of our party  Luckyduck   Feb-02-07 02:05 PM   #22 
  - Kucinich, of course, but Edwards changes his positions to  Clark2008   Feb-03-07 09:31 AM   #60 
  - Dennis is always 'real'  donsu   Feb-02-07 10:50 AM   #6 
  - yep  mikelgb   Feb-02-07 10:55 AM   #11 
  - totally agree  lesab   Feb-02-07 11:01 AM   #16 
  - But is he articulate?  treestar   Feb-02-07 11:03 AM   #18 
  - Showered? Shaved? Deodorant?  greyhound1966   Feb-03-07 12:44 AM   #47 
  - clean??? Articulate????  blondie58   Feb-03-07 01:46 AM   #50 
  - enthralling is more like it.  cyclezealot   Feb-04-07 06:58 AM   #69 
  - He IS a real democrat  Luckyduck   Feb-02-07 11:51 AM   #21 
  - Anybody have a link to video?  goodhue   Feb-02-07 04:20 PM   #24 
  - some video here  goodhue   Feb-02-07 06:04 PM   #37 
     - But I'd like to see the enitre DNC speech  goodhue   Feb-02-07 06:08 PM   #38 
  - You mean a "good" Democrat. A "real" Democrat is something else - unfortunately.  kerry-is-my-prez   Feb-02-07 04:22 PM   #25 
  - Real Democrats talk about more than war. Real Democrats put as much  bobbolink   Feb-02-07 05:13 PM   #26 
  - Oh brother  AnOhioan   Feb-02-07 05:17 PM   #27 
  - Thank you for proving exactly what I was talking about.  bobbolink   Feb-02-07 05:19 PM   #28 
     - Where did I call you a name??  AnOhioan   Feb-02-07 05:23 PM   #29 
        - Yes, you did. Your snark PROVES exactly what I posted about.  bobbolink   Feb-02-07 05:33 PM   #30 
           - DK has always supported the poor and working class.....  AnOhioan   Feb-02-07 05:36 PM   #31 
           - He DROPPED it from his campaign!!  bobbolink   Feb-02-07 05:42 PM   #32 
              - Sorry you felt offended  AnOhioan   Feb-02-07 05:44 PM   #33 
              - He did?  mondo joe   Feb-02-07 06:00 PM   #36 
              - What are you talking about?  Lydia Leftcoast   Feb-03-07 09:21 AM   #58 
           - A guy who lived in a car as a kid doesn't empathize with the poor?  eridani   Feb-03-07 12:39 AM   #45 
  - Real Democrats talk about more than war.  LWolf   Feb-02-07 05:56 PM   #35 
  - Got a link? n/t  John Q. Citizen   Feb-02-07 10:37 PM   #43 
  - Might his effort in one really help the other?  ISUGRADIA   Feb-03-07 09:32 AM   #61 
  - that's crazy.  cyclezealot   Feb-04-07 07:02 AM   #70 
  - Did anyone see Tucker interview him about Dept. of Peace?  KoKo01   Feb-02-07 05:47 PM   #34 
  - Kick...because it was a good interview..and Kucinich comes off as PRESIDENTIAL!  KoKo01   Feb-02-07 06:47 PM   #39 
     - Do you have the video?  Luckyduck   Feb-02-07 07:42 PM   #40 
        - I'll try to dig it up off MSNBC...and post tomorrow...!  KoKo01   Feb-02-07 07:52 PM   #42 
  - Dennis gives a brilliant answer to my question about Peak Oil.  robertpaulsen   Feb-02-07 07:45 PM   #41 
  - thank you for speaking up here  dweller   Feb-03-07 12:57 AM   #48 
  - Dennis Kucinich continues to work for the poor.  DemBones DemBones   Feb-03-07 12:28 AM   #44 
  - winning them at a time. welcome aboard  burythehatchet   Feb-03-07 12:41 AM   #46 
  - And his wife is hot.  Progs Rock   Feb-03-07 01:17 AM   #49 
  - I am sick to death  lwfern   Feb-03-07 08:17 AM   #56 
     - What makes you think I'm rating her sexual appeal and not her personality?  Progs Rock   Feb-04-07 01:53 AM   #66 
  - The LieberDems May Be Sorry They Started the Process So Early  Senator   Feb-03-07 01:46 AM   #51 
  - As a poor person...  Scott Neelan   Feb-03-07 03:38 AM   #52 
  - Ahh Scott... truer words have never been spoken  BushDespiser12   Feb-04-07 02:21 AM   #67 
  - Yes. The real deal is running  mdmc   Feb-03-07 07:37 AM   #54 
  - Then volunteer for him and work hard  mmonk   Feb-03-07 07:37 AM   #55 
  - "...had trouble capturing the crowd's attention, asking people in the back  Algorem   Feb-03-07 09:14 AM   #57 
  - Real polite of the Clinton volunteers to be distributing placards  Lydia Leftcoast   Feb-03-07 09:25 AM   #59 
  - wow, Hillary sucks!  Luckyduck   Feb-03-07 12:08 PM   #64 
  - I hate that Dennis doesn't have a real shot  hyde   Feb-03-07 10:04 AM   #62 
  - People only have a shot if you give them one.  mmonk   Feb-03-07 10:07 AM   #63 
     - Dennis has more than a shot of getting my support.  hyde   Feb-03-07 05:34 PM   #65 
  - he is a real Democrat  leftofthedial   Feb-04-07 02:34 AM   #68 
  - Found the video on yourtube  Luckyduck   Feb-04-07 10:21 PM   #71 

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