|First Romney Appointment|
Rifkin to Energy Secretary
November 6, 2011: Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney raised the stakes in the Presidential race today by naming the first member of his cabinet exactly one year before the 2112 elections.
"Jeremy Rifkin, energy consultant and author of the book, The Third Industrial Revolution: Toward a New Economic Paradigm (excerpt) has agreed to serve as Energy Secretary in the first Romney administration." the Republican candidate for president announced from his national campaign headquarters in New Hampshire.
"In making this announcement," Romney continued, "Jeremy and I hope to move the presidential debate away from lesser things toward the most important issue facing our country in the next four years:. Energy powers our homes and businesses. Developing it in the way that Rifkin planned systems are already doing all over Europe and.just beginning in Vermont, Florida and Hawaii is improving lives and the economy, Most important it's creating great, high tech jobs."
Rifkin responded that he welcomed the challenge to be the Romney point man on Energy in the coming months of the campaign and the first. Rimney administration.
:In every major transition in the history of this country, practical visionaries have led the way: Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Steve Jobs guided the market place toward products and processes that changed and continue changing our lives. I believe Mitt Romney is that man! His background and his intellect are well suited to champion the cause for a new change in the way we generate and pay for green energy from the forces that exist in abudance all around us. I am honored to assist him in that vital effort."
Before publishing his landmark book on developing two way energy at home and at work--then distributing it through a energy sharing network like the Internet throughout the country and around the world, Rifkin engineered energy development and storage systems in cooperative systems in currently, more than 50 European countries. He and his partners are already doing it!
As he concluded the news conference, Romney challenged his fellow Republicans and President Obama to make the issues the primary focus of the next year of campaigning by taking the initiative as he did today.
"When the American voters know more about the members of the teams we propose and the programs we will put in place when one of us hits the ground running in January of 2013, they can make a more informed choice.": Romney concluded. "Jeremy Rifkin is a man of proven new concepts that are already producing energy and jobs overseas. He wants to work with us here to do the same thing for America." I want to be your President to help him do that."
"The race for the presidency should be more than a beauty contest,. Today, I take a bold step to raise the rhetoric of this campaign towards more substance--toward proven ideas that will help us rise to our stature as the number one economy in the world, again.
"Ronald Reagan helped us raise our sights with a campaign that convinced us that it was Morning in America. I tell you, the sun rises every day--and when we're ready, when we are prepared, when we make the plans to do what is already working in other countries -- we will greet our next tomorrows with a new Amcerican Destiny--powered by green, affordable energy and jobs for every man and woman who can qualify to help get us there!"
DISCLAIMER: Of course this is fabricated from the whole cloth of the current presidential race--but suppose......?
For more information listen to a pod cast of an interview with Jeremy Rifkin by Diane Reihm, NPR from her broadcast this morning, LINK: http://thedianerehmshow.org/audio-player?nid=14982