On BlogHer, Birdie Jaworski interviews a member of a New Mexico Energy Panel asking question relating to Governor Richardson's renewable energy policy and what he'd probably be like as president:
Birdie: Do you feel Richardson has been successful promoting the use of renewable energy resources?
Daniel: Yes, he most definitely has. In addition to providing tax incentives to individuals who incorporate solar heating and electric, and green building techniques, he has also led the way in opening doors for large scale renewable energy projects. In fact, a wind farm is going in not far from where you live, Birdie. Just north of you near Springer. Did you know that at one time an electric generating wind farm was proposed for Las Vegas, but the locals turned it down because it would be unsightly? This is the kind of attitude that needs to change, and Governor Richardson is the kind of leader who knows how to explain and show the value - in terms of both money and the environment - of renewable energy.
Birdie: How do you think Richardson would do as President, in terms of alternative energy?
Daniel: Because of his vision and experience in the real world, going all the way back to his Energy Secretary days, and through all of the political convincing he did of people who didn't get what he was saying at first in New Mexico, he's proven that he can succeed in this area. I think he'll make a great Solar President.
While we here in the blogosphere can wax poetic about the Governor's past or potential on renewable energy, it's nice to hear from an expert. What I enjoyed the most was the discussion of how Richardson is the kind of guy that can work with all groups of people to get things done. Wouldn't that be nice? Check out the entire article - it goes into ways the Governor could move forward (which also happen to be his specific proposals) and some other issues with renewable energy.
Hmm...to be able to build consensus on one of the greatest national issues of our time...I wonder who else has the experience to do something like that? Only one name comes to mind.