Cameron Davis and Jack Darin ( his blog), Obama's advisers on energy and environment will be fielding questions at Purdue tonight. With gas price bound to reach $4/gallon in Indiana soon, I think I can guess what will be the center of attention. Obama's track record on environment is pretty good with legislations passed on renewable fuels and a bipartisan plan on fuel economy standards (CAFE) in the works.
Since Cameron Davis served with the United Nations Environment Programme in Nairobi, Kenya, I am hoping to hear a global perspective on climate change as well during the talk.
It would be a nice touch since Nelson Mandela's grandson is also in town and that Purdue has one of the highest rate of foreign graduate students.
Here are the highlights ( from my POV) of Obama's plan for Energy and Environment policies:
- Confront Deforestation and Promote Carbon Sequestration.
- Clean Technologies Deployment Venture Capital Fund.
- Invest in a Digital Smart Grid.
- Re-Engage with the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change.
For the details on how he plans to achieve these goals, click here.
More than anything, I would just be relieved to hear a conversation on policies and ideas again and less nonsense about bitterness or so-called elitism.
Finally, a few quotes I enjoyed about elitism recently:
Bill Maher in Salon.com: "When the anti-elite crowd demonizes the elite, what they're actually doing is embracing incompetence."
Jon Stewart: "If you don't think you're better than us then what the f**k are you doing? Not only do I want an elite President, I want someone embarrassingly superior to me. Somebody who speaks 16 languages and sleeps two hours a night, hanging upside-down in a chamber they designed."
Indeed, Jon, WTF.