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robertpaulsen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-02-07 08:45 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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