An Energy-Independent Future

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The last eight presidents have gone on television and promised to move America towards an energy-independent future. (7:55)

SHOW!

OBVIOUSLY BEYOND ADDRESSING THE

CLEAN UP OF THE OIL IN THE GULF.

PRESIDENT OBAMA'S SPEECH HAD A

LARGER GOAL.

>> FOR DECADES WE HAVE KNOWN THE

DAYS OF CHEAP AND EASILY

ACCESSIBLE OIL WERE NUMBERED.

NOW IS THE MOMENT FOR THIS

GENERATION TO EMBARK ON A

NATIONAL MISSION TO UNLEASH

AMERICA'S INNOVATION AND SEIZE

CONTROL OF OUR OWN DESTINY.

>> Jon:.

♪ I BELIEVE WE CAN FLY USING

NONPETROLEUM BASED TECHNOLOGY OR

GIANT MAGNETS HAVING HAMSTERS

RUNNING SIMULTANEOUSLY OR SOME

OTHER TYPE OF ENERGY SOURCE WE

HAVEN'T FIGURED OUT YET ♪

NOW IS THE MOMENT TO

DRAMATICALLY IMPROVE OUR

ENVIRONMENT AND MOVE BEYOND A

PETROLEUM BASED ECONOMY.

UNLIKE IN 2006 --

>> THIS COUNTRY CAN DRAMATICALLY

IMPROVE OUR ENVIRONMENT, MOVE

BEYOND A PETROLEUM BASED ECONOMY

AND MAKE OUR DEPENDENCE ON

MIDDLE EASTERN OIL A THING OF

THE PAST.

>> Jon: BACK THEN IN 2006 WE

DIDN'T DO IT.

[LAUGHTER]

BECAUSE THAT GOT US INTO WAR.

NOW IT'S TWO WARS AND A GIANT

SPILL.

THAT IS THE PUSH WE NEEDED.

[LAUGHTER]

ALL KNOW I DON'T KNOW TWO WARS

AND A GIANT SPILL IS AN AWFUL

LOT TO OVERCOME AND GET OFF THE

OIL THING.

I WISH WE HAD TAKEN CARE OF THIS

ENERGY PROBLEM TEN YEARS AGO

WHEN THERE WAS NO WAR AND THE

ECONOMY WAS GREAT.

THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN A GREAT

TIME TO DEVELOP A LONG-TERM

ENERGY STRATEGY.

>> WE NEED A LONG-TERM ENERGY

STRATEGY TO MAXIMIZE

CONSERVATION AND THE ALTERNATIVE

SOURCES OF ENERGY.

>> Jon: AND WE WOULD HAVE DONE

IT, TOO, IF HE HADN'T GOTTEN

DISTRACTED BY THAT OTHER SPILL.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

WHICH I SHOULD ADD ALSO TOOK

FIVE AND A HALF MILES OF BOOM

AND THE NAVY TO CLEAN UP.

[LAUGHTER]

THAT'S WHY THEY CALL THEM THE

BIG DOG.

IF ONLY THE GUY BEFORE CLINTON

HAD THOUGHT OF THIS.

>> THERE'S NO SECURITY FOR THE

UNITED STATES IN FURTHER

DEPENDENCE ON FOREIGN OIL.

[LAUGHTER]

>> Jon: YES, AND HE WOULD HAVE

DONE IT, TOO, IF IT HADN'T BEEN

FOR THESE SHOW

ON FOREIGN OIL.

>> NEW STANDBY EMERGENCY

PROGRAMS TO ACHIEVE THE

INDEPENDENCE WE WANT.

>> WE'LL BREAK THE BACK OF THE

ENERGY CRISIS.

WE'LL LAY THE FOUNDATION FOR OUR

FUTURE CAPACITY TO MEET

AMERICA'S ENERGY NEEDS FROM

AMERICA'S OWN RESOURCES.

[LAUGHTER]

>> Jon: FOOL ME ONCE, SHAME ON

YOU.

FOOL ME TWICE, SHAME ON ME.

FOOL ME EIGHT TIMES, AM I A

(bleep) IDIOT?

I MUST BE AN IDIOT.

COUNTING BARACK OBAMA, THE LAST

8 PRESIDENT HAVE GONE ON

TELEVISION AND PROPLZED TO US --

PROMISED TO MOVE US TOWARDS AN

ENERGY INDEPENDENT FUTURE.

WHY DIDN'T IT WORK?

WHY COULDN'T WE DO IT?

IT'S NOT LIKE THEY DIDN'T HAVE

GOOD IDEAS.

>> WIND TURBINE, SOLAR ENERGY.

>> ENERGY EFFICIENT WINDOWS.

>> ENERGY EFFICIENT HOMES.

>> NATURAL GAS.

HYDRO.

>> AMERICAN COAL.

>> ETHANOL NOT JUST FROM COARN.

>> ATOMIC POWER.

>> WOOD CHIPS, SWITCH GRASS.

>> NATURAL GAS.

>> ZERO EMISSION COAL FIRED PLAN

PLANTS.

>> SOLAR PANELS.

>> BETTER BATTERIES.

>> METHANOL, ETHANOL.

>> PLANT PRODUCTS FOR GASAHOL.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

[LAUGHTER]

>> Jon: (bleep) IT.

LET'S JUST USE OIL.

YOU KNOW WHAT?

WE HAVE TO.

I WILL NOT ALLOW THE DINOSAURS

TO HAVE DIED IN VAIN.

SO WE HAVE GOOD IDEAS AND WE'RE

GOOD PEOPLE.

>> WE HAVE THE WORLD'S HIGHEST

LEVEL OF TECHNOLOGY.

>> WE HAVE THE KNOW HOW.

>> WE HAVE THE ABILITY.

>> OUR UNYIELDING FAITH.

>> WORTHY OF A GREAT NATION.

>> WE HAVE THE MOST SKILLED WORK

FORCE.

>> WE'RE RESILIENT.

>> AMERICA IS SAY RISING NATION.

>> Jon: WE'RE AN UNSTOPPABLE

OIL DEPENDENCY BREAKING MACHINE.

FORTUNATELY -- UNFORTUNATELY THE

MACHINE RUNS ON OIL BUT --

BUT -- IT'S MADDENING.

MADE WE NEED A DEADLINE HARD AND

FAST LIKE THE MOON.

IN TEN YEARS WE'LL GO TO THE

MOON AND IN TEN MORE YEARS BE

SOMEWHAT BORED BY DOING SO.

[LAUGHTER]

WE JUST NEED THE FROZE LAY OUT

REASONABLE TIME PARAMEET

CANNERS.

>> AT THE END OF THIS DECADE IN

THE YEAR 1980, THE UNITED STATES

WILL NOT BE DEPENDENT ON ANY

OTHER COUNTRY FOR THE ENERGY WE

NEED.

>> BY 1985.

>> BY THE YEAR 2000.

>> WITHIN A MATTER OF THREE OR

FOUR YEARS IF WE'LL GET AFTER IT

AND TREAT IT LIKE IT'S

IMPORTANT.

>> ANOTHER GREAT GOAL TO REPLACE

75% OF THE OIL IMPORTS FROM THE

MIDDLE EAST BY 2025.

>> Jon: SO NIXON SAYS LET'S

GET OFF FOREIGN OIL BY 1980

WHICH SOMEHOW BECOMES LET'S NOT

USE AS MUCH FOREIGN OIL BY 2025.

WE HAVE REDEFINED SUCCESS AND

STILL FAILED.

[LAUGHTER]

WHICH BRINGS US TO PERHAPS THE

STRANGEST ASPECT OF THIS SAD,

SOME WOULD SAY GROUNDHOG DAYISH

SAGA.

OF ALL THESE EIGHT MEN WHO TRIED

AND FAILED TO GET US OFF OF OIL,

ONE STANDS HEAD AND SHOULDERS

ABOVE THE OTHERS AS FAR AS DOING

SOMETHING FOR THE ENVIRONMENT.

WHO?

I'LL GIVE YOU A HINT.

WHAT HAS FOUR FINGERS AND

RESIGNED IN DISGRACE?

THIS GUY.

HE CREATED THE E.P.A.

HE SIGNED A CLEAN WATER ACT OF

19712, THE MARINE MAMMAL

PROTECTION ACT.

WHEN THE COY CUE HOEGA RIVER -S

WAS ON FIRE HE PUT IT OUT WITH

HIS OWN URINE BUT EVEN NIXON

COULDN'T GET US OFF OIL.

AND THIS WAS A GUY, BY THE WAY,

WHO WAS NOT AFRAID TO BEND THE

RULES TO GET THINGS DONE.

COULDN'T GET IT DONE.

NIXON HAD ONE MAJOR FLAW.

NOT HE WAS AN OLD PARANOIA

LIVING IN A -- YOU KNOW WHY HE

COULDN'T GET IT DONE?

>> WE WILL ESTABLISH A NEW

SYSTEM THAT MAKES HIGH QUALITY

HEALTH CARE AVAILABLE TO EVERY

AMERICAN IN A TK *EUG HIGH INNED

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