Fixing America on a Budget (of $10 billion a month)

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Last week, President Barack Obama unveiled his strategy for a staged troop withdrawal out of Afghanistan. He followed the announcement with a plan to focus more attention on rebuilding the home front. We asked our listeners how they would put the estimated $10 billion per month that the country currently spends in Afghanistan to better use here at home. We received a ton of great responses, many of them focused on the exploration and development of green technologies.

To discuss and evaluate some of those suggestions we speak with energy futurist Gary Golden of Future Think.  




Garry Golden

Produced by:

Hsi-Chang Lin

Comments [1]

Leo Sprinzen from Washington, DC

Energy is the defining industry of the next two decades. The global population will grow by at least 50% in the next forty years, enormous new middle classes in China and India are developing and demanding cars and meat, and the threat of destabilizing climate change forces us to abandon traditional carbon based fuels that release greenhouse gases. To compound this already daunting issue, new energy sources are still in an uncertain phase of development with complex issues of scaling up renewable technologies, the safety of nuclear power, and simply the infancy of many futuristic innovations. Access to different natural resources and standard political alliances will also play an important role. But the bottom line is that everyone needs energy; it holds the possibility of incredible wealth and debt, growing and struggling economies, prosperity and war. Nations' futures will be defined by how they use, produce, and export energy and energy technologies. The United States must take this opportunity to inspire a new American dream that will command the respect of future generations.

Jun. 29 2011 10:36 AM

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