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I had the good fortune to attend the presentation on energy policy by Mrs. Eisenhower at the Dole Center today. She had a simple set of messages. First, we as a nation need to be thinking more strategically (20 years out). Second, when we think out there for Electrical Energy the priority is a national grid. She likened that program to the interstate highway system. She saw two impediments 1.) regulation (site acquisition) and 2.) leadership.
We then shifted to Q&As. My neighbors then did wander a bit. Many questions were in fact representations that a specific technology under development at KU was the imminent answer to some aspect of our problems. Such remonstrations are not unusual from an academic audience although a great departure from the strategic vision suggested. Then we moved to pronouncements. Kansas only wants clean energy.
You know, we in Lawrence may favor that outcome but Kansans in general are not as committed. Specifically, there is a serious lessening of that commitment when money and time are discussed. What is more frustrating is offering that notion in response to a call for a national effort. We are part of a collective and we must address our energy issues collectively. That means that we Kansans just might have to rely on something other than “clean” energy in the foreseeable future.
We may be 37 square mile of rational thought surrounded by idiots but we are still part of that larger group. We cannot go it alone! We need to work with people and not act as if we alone know what is “right”!