Ten long term goals for America

  • Ten areas:

Overall Democratic mission/Vision
Political reform
National security
Social security
Foreign policy
Health care


Area Education
Vision The top ranked educational system in the world (as measured by international metrics such as TIMSS, etc.).
Top Goal To have 100% of our kids who enter the public school system graduate from high school and pass national standards of proficiency by 2020.
Key strategies  


Area Energy
Vision To be energy independent
Top Goal To reduce our dependence on foreign oil by 20% from 2000 levels by the year 2020.
Key strategies Increased R&D spending on renewables

National RPS

Incentivize PHEVs (plug in hybrid electric vechicles)


Area Economy
Vision To have a job available to any American who is looking for one.
Top Goal To create 6 million new jobs by 2008
Key strategies Balance the budget every year

Put a priority on stopping job losses, e.g., help states with their deficits by returning money to the states

Re-build America's infrastructure that are falling apart: schools

Invest in energy independence and incentivizing a hydrogen economy, e.g., retrofitting gas pipelines to be able to carry hydrogen.


Area Environment
Vision Pollution-free air and water
Top Goal To improve the air quality in every community every single year
Key strategies Note: Good environmental policy makes good economic policy (see below for examples, many taken from  Salon article: A green revolt against Bush By Glenn Scherer)

Incentivize/require PZEVs (these cars are in mass production today!)


greenhouse gas emission reduction target of 5 percent below 1990 levels by 2010, and 10 percent by 2020 (NY is committed to this already).

Germany, for example, is planning to cut carbon emissions 40 percent by 2020. The difference isn't that they have engineering know-how we don't. It is that they have leadership."

The 1997 Kyoto Protocol calls for a 5.2 percent cut in planet-wide greenhouse gas emissions below 1990 levels, achieved by 2012.

within 10 years, New York will get at least 25 percent of its electric power from renewable resources such as wind and solar.

The governor has yet to officially commit to a specific cap on CO2 emissions from power plants at 25 percent below 1990 levels (a cut the taskforce said can be made with no cost to consumers).

adopt the California Zero Emission Vehicle standard to cut carbon dioxide exhaust from cars -- if the California standard holds up in court

While the president claims that adherence to Kyoto CO2 cuts and a switch to alternative energy will bankrupt the nation, Pataki sees a commitment to wind, solar, hydrogen and biomass as a boon. "We've proven that reducing greenhouse gases can be done without harming the economy," she said. "In fact, we see an economic advantage to encouraging technological innovations here in New York."

New Jersey, now in Democratic hands, is out front in curbing greenhouse gas pollution, putting stringent CO2 emission limits on the state's biggest utility. In June, Gov. James McGreevey pledged that 20 percent of the state's energy will come from clean power by 2020, a tall order in a state with little hydropower.

Maine, under Democratic Gov. John Baldacci, has just committed to reducing carbon dioxide emissions to 1990 levels by 2010, to 10 percent below 1990 levels by 2020, and by 75 to 80 percent over the long term, in line with a proposal by the New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers. "At a time when the federal government has deleted climate change information from EPA reports, Maine is not risking our future -- we're taking action," said Sue Jones of the Natural Resources Council of Maine.

Vermont has committed to reducing the state's greenhouse gas emissions by more than 25 percent over the next decade. And Massachusetts was the first state to mandate CO2 cuts at power plants, targeting its six dirtiest fossil fuel plants.

Wind power is now growing in Europe by 40 percent per year, with a capacity of more than 20,000 megawatts installed -- that's three-quarters of the world's total wind power output, enough to serve more than 10 million European homes.

In the U.S., wind energy is at about one-fifth of Europe's capacity, according to the WorldWatch Institute. Germany currently generates 12,000 megawatts annually from wind, Spain has 4,800 megawatts, while the U.S. falls behind at just 4,700 megawatts. Even Denmark installed more wind turbines last year than the U.S.

Japan and Germany lead the world in solar power, producing 100 and 75 megawatts respectively, while the U.S. is a distant third at 32 megawatts. (India may soon catch us, since it already produces 18 megawatts). Japan leads the manufacture of solar cells, monopolizing 43 percent of the market, with Germany controlling 25 percent. Again America is behind, in third place at 24 percent.

Iceland has declared plans to be the first nation to convert fully to a hydrogen economy, is retrofitting Reykjavik's bus fleet with fuel cell engines, and has opened hydrogen fueling stations in the capital.

We've developed a 99-mile-per-gallon gas-electric hybrid Explorer-class SUV." According to Lovins, just $200 million in investment capital could see the hypercar roll off assembly lines, saving three or four times America's annual Persian Gulf imports. Hypercars could eventually be converted to hydrogen fuel cell engines as the technology arrived. Lovins has not patented his design, and Ford, GM, Daimler/Chrysler and other car companies are all racing to be the first to market such a car.

If you look at the speed of production conversion at the start of World War II, it was just stunning. I think the same could be done now because a lot of the technologies are already well-developed," said Lovins. "If you put together a New Manhattan Project to develop the wind-hydrogen economy, all bets are off. Under normal conditions hypercars could control half the market in 10 years. With a crash program to get things into production, you could probably cut that time in half. That is ambitious, but Americans are very good at doing ambitious things when their attention is concentrated."




As President, you can create non-partisan expert committees tasked to prepare plans with specific strategies to accomplish the Top Goal with public input and participation (unlike Cheney Energy Task Force). The final plan shall pass peer review by independent experts.

This is a key point of differentiation with Bush's process (behind closed doors and then experts barf all over the results).