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Verdant

What we need is a consensus driven national energy strategy/policy. Energy indeendence as well as global warming and other environmental issues should be a part of this strategy. Gore's film is too partisan as its promoter, Al Gore, is too left wing to be viewed by many as a fair broker of energy/environmental concerns.

Gates' decision is to step down from the company's day to day operations. I think it reflects the fact that the fight is now with governments as well as with competitors, and he is just plain tired. I believe new energetic executives at Microsoft may do better in this litigious climate.

Solid Surfer

I agree - energy independence from Middle East oil is key. As long as prices stay high, though, I think it'll happen sooner or later.

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