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Romm 3 (0:53)
Topic(s): Environment / Government
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People sometimes say, "if we put a man on the moon,
why can't we stop global warming?" I think the answer is we can
stop global warming; we're just not trying. We tried really, really hard
to put a man on the moon. I mean, our budgets for clean energy technologies are
probably about one-tenth that of what we spent to get on the moon. So, you
know, I think it's- the American public knows that we can do whatever we
set our minds to. We just haven't started doing it yet.
But one should also say that there is a different
challenge between, for instance, building the car of the future and putting a
man on the moon, in that putting a man on the moon, price was no object. It was
just a matter; we were going to spend the money to do it. Building a car, price
is an object. You've got to build a car people can afford. You have to
have fueling stations available. So it's a much more practical matter
than just putting a man on the moon.
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