Sunday, March 12, 2006

A Manhattan Project to Save the World

It is starting to be accepted by many people across our planet, that global warming is not something that may be happening, but as something that is happening. What scientists have been talking about and have been predicting for many years, appears to be a growing reality. There is stark daily evidence that Greenland’s ice is melting at an alarming rate. Recent data from the NASA/German Aerospace Center Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) found that Antarctica’s ice sheet mass has decreased significantly from 2002 to 2005.

There is a good chance that our planet may be headed to a point of no return. Massive shifts in the planets weather patterns and host of related climate change events may be almost inevitable. We may only have a chance to slow down this process and extend the day of reckoning for our civilization. Then again, there may be a slight possibility that if we start now, we can delay or even stop the planets accelerating warming process. The important point here is, that we need to start now on a solution, before it is too late. We need a new Manhattan Project.

The first Manhattan Project was our governments massive secret program to build the first atomic bomb. Its sole purpose was to create a device with unimaginable destructive power. In a relatively short number of years, after the first atomic bombs were produced, the two super powers at the time, possessed world annihilating destructive power.

I propose that our country embark on a second Manhattan Project. A Manhattan Project to save the world instead of destroy it. I propose that our country, led by a massive governmental commitment, marshal the intellectual, creative, design, and manufacturing forces of our country, to replace our dependence on fossil fuels. The design, manufacturing and then implementation of alternative (non-fossil fuel) energy alternatives would provide hundreds of thousands of new jobs for Americans. In additon to eliminating the major source of green house gas emissions, new industries would be created with a myriad of benefits for our country.

There is still a chance for America. We still have a chance to honor our responsibilities to the next generation. We still have a chance to reserve a spot in history, as the country, that saved the world.

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