‘A coup d’etat against the carbon cronies’: chatting with Robert F. Kennedy Jr. | Grist
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is a lifelong environmentalist, a lawyer, an author, a cleantech backer...[Flashback: But if you spend $300 million over three years, how does that work out to less than $15 million per year?] - Mike Allen - POLITICO.com
Right now we have a marketplace for energy in this country that is rigged by rules that were written by the incumbents to favor the dirtiest, filthiest, most poisonous, most destructive, most addictive fuels from hell, rather than the cheap, clean, green, abundant, and wholesome fuels from heaven. We need a marketplace that does what a market is supposed to do: reward good behavior, which is efficiency, and punish bad behavior, which is inefficiency and waste. If solar and wind and geothermal are allowed to compete, they will blow the competition out of the water -- all they need is the infrastructure, which is the national marketplace that will allow them to sell that energy.
We have the technology...In this country, farmland increases in value from about $400 an acre if you're growing corn to about $3,000 an acre if you're growing corn and harvesting wind from the same field. It's good for everybody.
...That three-quarters of a trillion dollars a year we're now sending out of the country to pay for our oil addiction, if you just spent a fraction of that building a national grid in this country, we could be off of foreign oil overnight.
A. Right now there are huge opportunities for citizens to participate in this by buying green energy, by getting involved in the new energy economy, by electing public officials who are going to support that economy. For the first time in history, environmentalists have industrialists and corporations on their side. They are big players, including some of the biggest corporations on the earth. GE, Vestas, Siemens, and many others are now manufacturing technologies that are competitive with oil and coal and nukes. We have the opportunity now to execute a coup d'etat against the carbon cronies, to displace them with much more efficient fuels and take away from them the $3 trillion we're giving them every year.
...National climate policy is ultimately a victim of the national political calamity. What we're looking at is the tragic collapse of American democracy.
What a farce the Tea Party is. It's a farce that is based completely on ignorance. The American press is covering it like a horse race rather than exposing it as the charade it really is, rather than exposing all of the claims and suppositions and precepts and slogans as fraudulent. Journalists are supposed to tell the truth. They're not just supposed to report on different points of view if those points of view have no legitimacy. If a journalist wants, he can report the outlandish opinions of every crank and nutcase out there. There are people out there still who believe the Earth is flat and the Apollo moon landing was a hoax. Why not have them on TV every night?
...The environmental community in this country does not have a bullhorn like Fox News. We don't have talk radio. We don't have the advertising revenues of the Exxon Corporation or Chevron. Koch Industries has 100 times more money than all the environmental groups in our country put together. They can put together phony public interest groups, plus directly funnel money to their indentured servants in the political process, plus buy advertising that supports the corporate toadies on Fox News and talk radio. The entire advertising budget for the entire environmental community is probably less than $15 million dollars a year. The oil industry spends that much money in a single day on advertising. We're a little, tiny David facing a giant Goliath, and the only hope that we have of reason prevailing in the marketplace of ideas is if the press acts as an honest broker. It's completely abdicated that responsibility.
A. I'm doing a lot of green-tech businesses.
Former Vice President Al Gore is launching a $300 million, bipartisan campaign to try to push climate change higher on the nation’s political agenda.
The three-year campaign by the Alliance for Climate Protection will begin Wednesday with network television advertising that will include “American Idol” and other non-traditional shows that reach a non-news audience.