Google Anna Nicole Smith and you get almost 20 million hits.Â (Happily, I’ve never looked at one … and don’t intend to.) Google Apollo Alliance Summit and there are 124. Which one matters? And which one does the media think matters?Â
This past week in Washington, DC, the Apollo Alliance Summit sought to foster a discussion and momentum for a better energy future. As described by Jerome Ringo, President of the Apollo Alliance, the Summit sought
“To challenge each other. To grow beyond our institutional identities. And to build a transformational movement that will build a new energy future and, in the process, will change America forever.”
The Apollo Alliance links together two critical objectives: moving the nation toward a better energy future (more renewable future) and to create good, well-paying, union-protected jobs to reinvigorate the American middle class.
The speakers included industrial leaders, governors, and — well — Senator Hillary Clinton.
Â Hillary Clinton laid out her energy plan, stating that
“We have a big decision to make. We have two paths we can pursue. We can continue to allow our energy needs to hamstring our national security. Or we can choose a different, better path based on performance and the facts — not partisanship and ideology. We can choose a path based on a long-term strategy to secure our economy, to free our hand to protect our security, and to keep faith with our values.”
What is sad is thatÂ Clinton is right … absolutely right.Â These words — basically her entire speech and her entire strategy for moving toward a better energy future — could have been given by a Republican orÂ Democratic Party candidate for President and beenÂ warmly received.Â
Sadly, for the nation (and the world), on 17Â SeptÂ 2001, George W Bush told Americans to pull out their credit cards and go shopping. Too bad heÂ didn’t give a speech like Hillary’s and act on it.
Can any American patriot honestly argue that we would not be better off if, with each passing day, we were imported less oil?Â Â Â
Sadly, not many Americans will hear of the Apollo Alliance Summit.Â Some call this the “Bread and Circuses” aspect of American culture.Â I think of this as the “missing white girl in Aruba” mania.Â
We’ll have Bachelor in Hawaii on TV rather than serious documentaries about the war in Iraq — what is going right and, sadly, the far more that is going wrong.Â
We’ll have hearing after hearing run about stained blue dresses but no serious look at collusion during the California energy crisis.Â
We’ll talk about Janet Jackson’s nipple butÂ not the real possibilities for every American to contribute to a better tomorrowÂ (for themselves and for the nation) through a more energy-efficient life.Â
And, TV ran the funeral procession of Anna Nicole live and newspapers had photos on their front pages while a positive vision and concepts for America’s future were buried in the inside pages.