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Former Vice President Al Gore has come out in support of the idea of moving as quickly to a post-fossil fuel economy as possible. I whole-heartedly agree. The tricky part will be how to acheive that goal without a) unhinging the American economy too much and b) navigating the morass that is American politics today. While the idea is very laudible and probably from a pure technology perspective reachable (if not by 2018 most likely by 2025) the question remains how to achieve this goal while minimizing the pain felt by Americans. I’m not saying that there won’t be any pain…there will be. We’ve had the OPEC oil needle in our arms for some half-century at this point. Removing it and getting the fossil fuel monkey off our back will be a significant task. But it is doable. It’s a shame that on September 12th 2001 President Bush didn’t make it a national priority to end our addiction to oil and other fossil fuels and declare that renewable energy development would be the “Manhattan Project” of our time rather than tell Americans to “go shopping.” Now we’ve lost almost 7 years of time towards this worthy goal. It’s time for us act. We need this goal and the politicians in Washington (both Republican needs to wake up and Democrat) need to stop their bickering and do something meaningful.

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Yesterday the bodies of Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev were returned to Israel in exchange for the remains of 199 Lebanese and Arab guerilla fighters and five others including Samir Qantar. Today, Ehud Goldwasser was buried and the pictures of the weeping widow and family breaks my heart. The Israeli government gave away too much. Now the enemies of Israel will feel that all they need to do is kidnap and kill Israeli soldiers to get what their prisoners released. Prime Minister Olmert has shown terrible judgement in this matter by releasing the murderer Qantar along with the others. Here is a man who murdered a 31-year old father in front of his four year old daughter before smashing her skull against a rock with the butt of his rifle. And now he is being paraded by Hezbollah as a “hero.” And if you doubt the connection between these terrorist murderes and the philosophy of Adolph Hitler…just look at the pictures here. He truly is Adolph Qantar. May his name and his memory be blotted out.

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