"Thanks to advances in renewables, there are fewer technical
obstacles to energy independence for our country. There are many
political obstacles -- but the oil, auto and electric utility
corporations won't be directing energy policy in a Kucinich White
House. I will spur research and investment in "alternative" energy
sources -- hydrogen, solar, wind and ocean -- and make them
mainstream. Clean energy technologies will produce new jobs. We can
easily double our energy from renewable sources by 2010. And we can
soon have hybrid and fuel cell cars dominating the market. When I was
Mayor of Cleveland, I defended public ownership of utilities; when
I'm President, I will expand it.
As a peace advocate, I will launch a major renewables effort because
then Middle East oil fields will not loom so large as strategic or
military targets. As an environmentalist, my view is always holistic
and global: a Kucinich Administration will launch a "Global Green
Deal" -- a major initiative to use our country's leadership in
sustainable energy production to provide jobs to Americans, to reduce
energy use here at home, and to partner with developing nations to
provide their people with inexpensive, local renewable energy
technologies. As a citizen of Planet Earth, I want this project for
the same reason I will sign the Kyoto climate change treaty --
because we need it for our children and our grandchildren."
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"What would Dennis do?"