A Review of Presidential Energy Policy

A new presidential speech on energy policy means it’s time again to trot out this historic overview of the subject:

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Did you notice that there was a particular energy source that they consistently failed to mention?



14 Replies to "A Review of Presidential Energy Policy"

  • Robert Hargraves
    March 30, 2011 (9:25 pm)

    The President did say we can't take nuclear energy off the table.

  • Jonathan Goff
    March 30, 2011 (10:22 pm)

    Thanks! That was hilarious. 🙂


  • Raul Parolari
    March 31, 2011 (2:31 am)

    Hi, Kirk

    I would like to translate your googletechtalks videos in Italian (in spite of Carlo Rubbia, nobody knows about Thorium there, including me until recently), Spanish (and perhaps French), and publish them in youtube (if ok with you, by the way; of course, all attributions, etc).

    The reason is that it is impossible for foreigners (even with a decent knowledge of English) to follow your speeches (too fast, too "explosive" and funny, which is of course a delight for an anglo-saxon audience).

    Now, only one of the videos ("Is Nuclear Waste Really Waste?") has the interactive transcript showing the text, so that helps. Before trying speech recognition tools (or, God forbid, transcribing from audio), I wanted to know if the text of some of those speeches by chance exists already. Probably not, but just to make sure.

    Thank you


  • Tas
    March 31, 2011 (8:11 am)

    Crying shame nothing from the Daily Show site seems to be accessible outside the US.

  • Ben
    March 31, 2011 (10:15 am)

    We've got to get you on TV and get your message out there. Have you tried contacting any well known programs?

  • Marcus
    March 31, 2011 (1:22 pm)

    I can watch without problems from Germany.

  • Iain McClatchie
    March 31, 2011 (7:10 pm)

    Nixon and Ford both mention nuclear.

    I guess the French were listening.


  • Paul C from Austin
    April 1, 2011 (12:28 am)

    Almost a year old, but still funny (and sad) as heck!

  • John Chatelle
    April 2, 2011 (10:48 am)

    It seems more of the same. Obama is apparently going to recast the status quo rather than break it, just as the last 8 President's have. Energy forms that would challenge existing energy industries have no political money or influence, but can threaten those that do. Energy markets are very price elastic with respect to supply/demand, and even market perceptions, so, any new forms of energy are a threat to existing energy industries.

    The IFR block of 1994 is great evidence.

    I'm convinced that the world needs to wait for the Chinese, South Koreans, Indians and Japanese for the new forms of energy that humanity so vitally needs.

  • Tas
    April 2, 2011 (3:04 pm)

    Thankfully I found the US energy independence clip uploaded online: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xhxt4f_us-energy

    You're right guys, its epic! 🙂

  • Tas
    April 2, 2011 (3:10 pm)

    Nevermind the previous link. It seems broken already. My apologies.

  • Tas
    April 2, 2011 (3:31 pm)

    The clip is available here instead:

    Hopefully it stays up.

  • Michael Stone-Richar
    April 4, 2011 (6:24 am)

    How unfortunate that Richard Nixon, who set the benchmark for what a president ought not to be, looks so good in comparison to those who came after. I used to loathe Nixon and speak out against nuclear energy. I sure have changed.

  • Rodrigo
    April 5, 2011 (5:41 am)

    This guy is awesome!!

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