01 Mar '12, 6pm

Algae damn: Obama’s failed message on climate and energy innovation

Algae damn: Obama’s failed message on climate and energy innovation

Cross-posted from Climate Progress . When did “innovation” become a dirty word in American politics? I suppose it was right about the time when college aspirations became snobbish , when electing a presidential candidate could magically reduce the global price of oil , or when environmental protection became a “phony theology .” Welcome to the 2012 campaign circus, arguably the most bizarre in history. And now, adding to the long list of oddball attacks, Republican politicians and media pundits are launching an assault on President Obama’s offer of $14 million for research on algae-based biofuels — calling for a “pond scum czar” and offering the president “the algae in my fish tank” for this “goofy gas .” Really? Yes, really. A $14 million grant for an innovative, abundant fuel that could potentially displace 17 percent of petroleum use in the country is now the focus of a...

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