Securing America’s Energy Future
Modernizing America as a clean-energy nation during the coming decades will give us a challenge as great in scope as any other major project in human history. We can achieve this technological and social transformation only if we work in partnership with each other. Our success in previous national ventures that enhanced us as a people can compel us to move forward together along a path to a greener and cleaner fuel future.
Consider the construction during the 1860s of the first transcontinental railroad, the iron path spanning the North American continent that created a sharp rise in the expansion of the American West. That project was pushed into political reality by President Abraham Lincoln, who saw the enormous economic and social value in having a mass-transportation system that could carry passengers and cargo from coast to coast in a matter of days instead of months. The construction of the Panama Canal, completed in 1914 after a decade’s work, likewise sparked a revolution for America’s commerce and national defense. Driven by President Theodore Roosevelt’s leadership, the finished engineering project provided a shortcut between two oceans that saved ships time and fuel by avoiding the grueling journey around South America. The Interstate Highway System started in the 1950s revolutionized American society by providing our citizens with paved roads to journey long distances quickly and easily across the country. Pressed into construction by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, the superhighways now traversing forty-eight of our