President Obama gave a speech from the Oval Office in order to inform the media and public on the continuing cleanup efforts and consequences of the BP oil leak. Instead of fully focusing on what he said – many are more interested in how he said it. One pundit, prior to the speech, actually stated it needed to resemble Kennedy’s speech about the Mission to the Moon.
Here’s the problem – it wasn’t Kennedy’s speech that got us on the moon. Words by themselves do nothing – they can only stir the soul to action but they alone do nothing. It was the hard work of NASA scientists, engineers and brave test pilots and astronauts that got us to the moon. And it happened surprisingly under Nixon.
Words do not cause great events to unfold – great action propels great events.
President Obama has repeatedly outlined what he would like both from Congress and the Private Sector in terms of cleaner and renewable sources of energy – yet both have decided not to listen.
This is not the Moon Mission.
Our space program first started under the military’s direction until NASA was formed to run our space exploration efforts.
There is no such body like NASA for energy. Yes we have an Energy Secretary but we do not have, as a government, our very own institution that could create and distribute large scale renewable energy. In order to do that we would have to form such a body and given this country’s other addiction – to profiteering – it’s not likely to happen fast that way.
If people would like this to change very quickly it will take great sacrifice by all of us. It will take you and I closing the caps to our gas tanks permanently and it will take you and I putting an end to purchasing any products made by or with oil.
The reality is, as Obama said in his Oval Office address – this leak has tested the capability of human technology and we will be dealing with the consequences of this leak for months to years.
What we have to ask ourselves is simply – do we take the risk of continued drilling or do we make the tough decision to put the oil can down? Someone’s got to take the first step. Is it you?