Dave Gardner’s “Thank God It’s Monday” 12MAR12

“Thank God It’s Monday” is to help companies thrive!

This week’s focus: innovation

Our dependence on crude oil impacts our national and economic security.

It’s time the U.S. government sponsors a “Manhattan project” or “JFK man on the moon project” to develop and commercialize technologies that would, in a few short years, create the path to eliminating our dependence on crude oil. The U.S. needs to move aggressively on this, not simply study possible solutions.

The corporations and nations benefiting from the current situation are content with the status quo. The U.S. government can put substantial heft behind initiatives to alter the status quo.

Let’s not restrict ourselves to one technology or approach, e.g., electric cars, hydrogen, compressed natural gas (CNG), nuclear, etc. Just kidding about nuclear I think–but, who knows? I’d also like to see an upgrade path to economically converting existing internal combustion, gas-powered vehicles to CNG or other energy forms so people can realistically and affordably take advantage of these technologies.

“Drill, baby, drill” isn’t the answer, in the short-term or long-term. When will the U.S. take the lead on this and create hundreds of thousands of jobs that help our nation and other nations in the world thrive?

Thought for the week:

“If we don’t face our fears, our fears will chase us forever.” – Paul Coelho

What do you think? I welcome your blog comments!


Dave Gardner, Gardner & Associates Consulting


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3 Responses to Dave Gardner’s “Thank God It’s Monday” 12MAR12

  1. Forget government, Dave…I think we realized a while back that having a visionary like JFK at the helm was the exception rather than the rule, sadly.

    What about Google’s “Solve for X” project (http://www.slashgear.com/google-x-lab-solve-for-x-project-imminent-06212206/), described as focusing on: “(A) combination of things – a huge problem to solve, a radical solution for solving it, and the breakthrough technology to make it happen – is the essence of a moonshot.”

    I’m wondering, with all these super-smart folks out there, easier online platforms for sharing, and the private money to back it up…how long before we DO find a solution to this issue?


  2. Dave Gardner says:

    I’m not willing to “forget about government.” This is an issue of national and economic security. Government has a legitimate role to play in creating the vision and offering incentives or disincentives. I believe the American people will rally around such a program. We need to get started. Potentially legitimate technologies and patents have been purchased by oil interests purely to stifle further innovation. This has to stop.


  3. Oh, I completely agree with you Dave. Except, how’s that working out? as Dr. Phil would say. I’m merely suggesting that “bottom up” might be the quicker way around this issue. But, heck, I don’t really care — as long as someone (as you quite rightly point out) does something soon!


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