|America discovered atomic energy.||used atomic weapons on civilian populations, and articulated the doctrine of Mutually Assured Destruction; also haven't built a new nuclear power plant for decades because we're too scared|
|America went to the moon.||and haven't been back for thirty years|
|America built the microchip.||And it has served us well|
|America built the personal computer.||No. Steve Jobs and Bill Gates invented the first economically viable personal computers. America just bought them|
|America built the Internet.||to maintain military communications integrity in the event of massive nuclear attacks|
|There is no reason that a nation with that kind of track record and continued record of innovation can't break our addiction to oil.||We can't even break our addiction to tobacco, and that stuff doesn't have any useful purpose.|
Thursday, May 05, 2005
Don't get me wrong: I'd love to see our government take energy alternatives and energy conservation seriously again (remember Carter? He tried). But a little less triumphalism might be in order.