I did not want a stump speech.
President Obama just left the stage after giving a short speech at POET Biorefining in Macon. It was a stump speech. Much like the speeches he has given at other alternative energy operations.
Technically, this was a good speech. The president followed the rules for giving a public speech and he thanked officials and the business for the opportunity to speak. His opening was short but direct. His message was clear and his conclusion strong.
Tonight, the news will report on the speech, show a small clip and talk about the protests and the president’s cheeseburger lunch. I did not want to listen to a stump speech.
However, for me something was missing. I wanted more.
I wanted something of substance, something to sink teeth into, to know where we are and where we are going. We have been talking about solar, wind and biofuel power for decades. Chevy and Toyota are introducing us to new electric cars, much as we had in the early 1900s. They will rely on the coal power plants to produce the electricity. Is this really a winning situation?
I wanted more.
I wanted to hear about advances in battery technology, in the use of wave energy to produce power for large coastal cities. The development of affordable wind generators and solar panels for our homes and apartment complexes.
I wanted to hear of money the government is planning to spend to get away from fossil fuels. For the development of solar cell technology that approaches 95 percent efficiency. Of true alternative systems that heat the water we use in our businesses and homes. For the advancement of alternative and natural light sources.
I wanted more.
I wanted to hear goals. A goal of the percentage of reduced dependency on oil and coal. A goal of the percentage increase in the number of alternative energy automobiles and trucks on our highways. A goal of the percentage of new and existing homes and businesses converted to alternative energy. I wanted to hear real numbers, real times and real solutions.
Yes, my expectations were very high, but considering who was speaking, I am disappointed. I believe that many others who listened live were equally disappointed.
David Rosman is an award winning editor, writer, professional speaker and college instructor in communications, ethics, business and politics. You can read more of David’s commentaries at InkandVoice.com and the New York Journal of Books.