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Monday, June 21, 2010

Hartford Courant "Capital Watch" posts John's response to President Obama's speech


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"I think politically, it was a fair speech," Mertens said via email this morning. "He emphasized the efforts that they are implementing and starting to implement now, and touched on all the issues. But it also exposes the weakness of the initial response, in the first two weeks, to the accident. I was infuriated during the first week by the usual practice of taking a 'best case scenario' view of the situation."

"As an engineer, I know that in order to protect the public good, we must always assume and prepare for the worst case scenario. Also, as an engineer and energy policy teacher, I was very disappointed that his discussion of energy alternatives was extremely vague. He didn't mention electric cars! We will never wean ourselves from oil until we convert to electricity as our transportation energy distribution system. And, unfortunately, I do not have a lot of confidence in Dr. Chu or Mr. Salazar."

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