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Here’s the situation: You and I are screening candidates for an important job, and we need to make sure we select the very best person for the position.
Let’s make believe that every house in our country is connected to a huge water supply system. There are thousands of lakes, rivers, and streams that supply water for the system, and millions of homes and businesses that draw on the water system for drinking, cooking, cleaning, and all kinds of industrial purposes.
Let’s also pretend that we’re not allowed to store the water; we have to draw it from the spigot as we consume it. This means it’s critical that our water supply be reliable and virtually uninterruptable. If the supply were to be interrupted industries will have to shut down and people won’t have anything to drink. If an outage were to last very long then people will get desperate and some may even die. Because our national water supply is so important to our survival and our way of life, our government has decided it would be wise to put some regulations in place to ensure the system is reliable and secure, and to make sure business transactions for water remain fair and above the board. This is the job we need to fill: The head of this important government agency.
Operation Sea Orbit – 1964 (Front to Back: USS Enterprise, USS Long Beach, & USS Bainbridge)
The Markey / Waxman Climate Change Bill
Momentum is building towards greenhouse gas regulation in the United States. Two weeks ago the house of representatives released draft climate change legislation sponsored by Rep. Henry Waxman and Rep. Edward Markey. On Friday the US Environmental Protection Agency turned up the heat when they declared CO2 and other greenhouse gasses “hazards to public health” and labeled CO2 a pollutant. This action gives the EPA authority to regulate CO2 emissions even if congress does not pass legislation focused on curbing greenhouse gas releases.
President Obama Promotes International Nuclear Fuel Bank
At a speech delivered in Prague, Czech Republic this week President Obama advocated establishing an international nuclear fuel bank. The idea is this: countries who pledge not to develop nuclear weapons programs and who do not enrich uranium would have the assurance of a stable fuel supply for their peaceful nuclear energy programs. Countries who posses the ability to enrich uranium under the International Non-Proliferation Treaty would provide the service for the international community. Much of the initial fuel in the bank would come from diluting weapons grade uranium, essentially continuing efforts begun by Russia and the USA to reduce weapons stockpiles.