The President Speaks
Time for an oldie but goodie
THE WHITE HOUSE
For Immediate Release 02.25.2005
Contact: Scott McClellan
My fellow Americans,
Tonight I come before you to share with you the truth about the world as I now understand it.
As you know, I have just returned from Europe where I visited with President Chirac of France, Prime Minister Shroeder of Germany, and President Putin of Russia.
From these visits, I have come to realize that The United States, and its allies, and all the Nations of the World now face an enemy that will require our best and our most focused energies.
It is now clear to me that the greatest danger we face in the world is not terrorism, or Islamic fundamentalism. Nor, are we seriously threatened by petty tyrants who would abuse their own peoples to enrich themselves or their private allies.
Based on what I now understand, I believe that our greatest enemy, our greatest foe, is a force more powerful than all of the arsenals of all of the nations. It is a force that can destroy a city in moments.
It is a force that can destroy our ability to feed ourselves. It is a force that can literally bring our way of life down to the point where all rule of law is lost and where only the strong, the wealthy, and most fortunate survive.
No, I am not speaking of Nuclear Weapons, or Nuclear Proliferation.
The force I am speaking of is Mother Nature.
There is now no doubt that our continued use of fossil fuels has changed the air around us to the point that we have set in motion certain forces of Mother Nature that will, in the very near future, change the most valuable asset we humans have.
That asset is a stable climate.
I will not go into the details of what we must prepare to expect, but I must be frank and honest. This will indeed be a great struggle. One that will eclipse the great Wars of the last century.
This Country has always responded creatively and courageously in times of great peril, and we will do so once again.
Therefore, I have instructed the members of my cabinet to create a War Cabinet to combat this peril.
We will immediately take steps to bring about the following.
We will bring the intellectual greatness of the country together to develop the forms of energy that we will need so that we do not further compound our problem. I will reorganize the Department of Energy. We will ask Congress to pass laws prohibiting the burning of coal. We will rewrite our tax code to stimulate the growth of clean renewable energy and to punish those who continue to place our well being at risk by the continued use of fossil fuels.
We will develop the new technologies that will begin to slow the pace of these potentially devastating changes as if our very lives depended upon it, because in fact, our lives and our children's lives do depend on it.
As you know, I come from the Oil Industry.
And I come from Texas.
The home of the Oil Industry.
I will personally see that my industry vigorously embraces the new clean energy technologies we will need to accomplish these objectives. If they do, I will issue an executive order that will pardon my industry for its apparent crimes.
For those that do not, I will ask the Attorney General to initiate legal action that will impose penalties that will bring them, their boards, and their stockholders into ruin. Criminal penalties will also be imposed.
Even though I do not want to say anything that will lessen the gravity of this announcement, I will say this.
The creation of an advanced solar hydrogen economy will change our need for foreign oil.
It will change the geo-politics in the Mid-East.
We will be able to take our troops, our army, and our navy out of the region.
These savings will give us part of the funds we will need as we work together to save our climate.
This is a special and auspicious moment in time.
Let it be said, that on this night, this nation set forth on a new sea.
And although this sea is full of unknown danger and peril,
This sea will ultimately bring opportunities, new industries, new sciences, and new horizons.
Together we will sail this sea,
we will meet on that other distant shore.
Thank you and good night.