Pickens Plan

Posted on August 6th, 2008 in Uncategorized by Karl

Everyone should take a minute and look at www.pickensplan.com.

 

Pickens’ message is simple and bold.  His plan is more of a “wake up call” to Americans with the message: the US needs to invest and develop alternative energy options to lessen our dependence on foreign oil.  Given Pickens’ personal investments, he is pushing for wind and natural gas.

However, the genius of Pickens’ Plan is that he is not beating the tired “save the environment” message so many other have tried to use (and failed) to mobilize America to seek energy alternatives.  Let’s face it – (sadly) Americans don’t care that much about the environment.  Pickens’ Plan is attracting attention because he is saying: “America, this is a huge national security issue!  Do we really want to be that dependent on the Middle East and Venezuela?!”  His transfer of wealth argument is:  why send $700bn annually to the Middle East when we should be investing those dollars in domestic energy alternatives?

It is not Pickens’ job to be the architect of our country’s energy policy going forward.  Over the last twenty years, Washington has done nothing.  At least Pickens is bold enough to lay out the beginning of something constructive and wealthy enough to mobilize it on his own.

China blocks gold medalist Joey Cheek from attending games

Posted on August 6th, 2008 in Uncategorized by Karl

A great man and athlete won’t be attending the China Olympics.  China won’t let him attend. 

While Joey Cheek won a gold medal for speedskating in Torino in the Winter Olympics of 2006, he is best known as the founder of Team Darfur – a group of 70 athletes whose goal is to raise global awareness of the human rights violations taking part in the Darfur region of Sudan.  (After winning the gold, he donated his $25,000 USOC bonus check to Darfur and implored his sponsors to do the same.)

Cheek was honest.  He announced that he was traveling to China to support Team Darfur.  That didn’t fly with the Chinese government, and they denied Cheek’s visa.  The Chinese are determined to do everything they can to sweep any political activism under the rug and have the world focus on athletics and China’s beautiful Olympic buildings.

It’ll be interesting to see how that works.