ENERGY MARSHALL PLAN-1: Politics and energy choice

It might have been Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) who started it. In October 2004, near the end of his unsuccessful campaign for the presidency, Kerry suggested in a speech in Santa Fe, NM, that the country commit itself to independence from oil from the Middle East. The effort, he said, could replicate the Manhattan Project, the all-out push by the US government during World War II for development of the atomic bomb. More recently, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) has invoked the bomb program on behalf of energy. “We need to develop new energy sources-a crash program for alternatives, a Manhattan Project,” he said in April.Proposals based on the analogy continue to appear in commentary...

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