FOSSILS IN CONTROL
CNES offers little in the way of change. Except for a decrease
in nuclear energy, it relies on the same age-old energy source
fossil fuel. President Clinton submitted the CNES to Congress
for approval of $6.3 billion in funding to implement the strategy.
February 1998, as required under 42 USC 7321 Sec.801, DoE held
three public hearings. Only
58 people offered oral testimony. Only 313 written comments on the draft CNES were
with some commenters commenting more than once.
Critics contend the relatively small amount of public comment
does not meet the government's legal requirement that adequate
public input on CNES be "...taken into account in the formulation
and review of such proposed Plan."
Bill Gates point of view $6.3 billion is not an inconsiderable
amount of money, it's more than 10% of his entire fortune. To
the United States, which spent well over $5 trillion on its nuclear
arsenal alone, $6.3 billion is not all that much. How that sum
is spent to implement contemporary energy strategy, however, will
to life on tomorrow's planet.