In a recent John Kerry rant-fest, a thread emerged that deserves wider exposure and discussion. BlaiseP and I (with contributions from many others) started down the path of global climate change, and what should be done about it. (To review the discussion, start with BP's Comment No.#25456 here.) Ever the polymath, BP redirected the discussion toward alternative energy, so I felt a new thread on that topic might be useful.
I am very passionate on this subject. There is nothing more important to this country's security, and to its political and economic future, than complete energy independence. Our current relationships with countries like Venezuela, and fair weather friends like Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Mexico, are almost entirely the result of our bottomless thirst for fossil fuels. As I've said here before, we owe it to the next generation to free and preserve them from the effects of the energy gluttony of our and previous generations, and the hypocritical dependence on rogue states and mega-corporations to which that has led.