In support of Senator Obama

Every presidential election seems “the most important ever.” This happens because the stakes keep getting higher. In this election, I support Senator Barack Obama because I believe he will lead our country toward sustainability in a world where everything is going wrong at the same time.

Our most pressing needs are national security, economic security, energy independence, and environmental sustainability. These are really different facets of the same problem.

We currently borrow $2 billion per day (largely from China) to buy 70% of our oil from countries that support terrorism in order to burn it in ways that threaten our survival.

Both candidates recognize the need for energy independence but,

· only Obama has set a goal to achieve it in 10 years;

· only Obama has a campaign essentially devoid of oil lobbyists; and

· only Obama has been specific about investing in renewable electric energy, plug-in, Hybrid, and electric cars.

Energy independence will create new jobs for Ohio. About 40 tons of steel is required to manufacture one medium-size wind turbine. A 3-megawatt turbine produces as much energy in one year as 12,000 barrels of imported oil, without the soot and CO2. It would take about 130,000 wind turbines to produce the energy of 20% of our imported oil. We need to get going, right here in Ohio!

Senator Obama cosponsored the Lugar-Obama bill to secure loose nuclear weapons. This is one of many examples of Obama working across the aisle for our safety and security.

Obama sponsored the “Stop Fraud Act” in February 2006 and again in April 2007 to stem the tide of predatory lending practices. Obama has been alert to the need for sensible economic regulation for years. His opponent has spent 26 years extolling deregulation and fighting against oversight of the corporate world.

Voters have a clear choice in this year's election:

· Change direction under the leadership of Barack Obama, or

· More of the same failed policies under John McCain.

The stakes could not be higher.

Eric Schreiber, MD is a staff Radiologist in the Breast Imaging Section at the Cleveland Clinic. He has intense interest in energy policy, how it relates to global warming, and gives lectures in the community on those subjects.

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Volume 1, Issue 7, Posted 7:27 PM, 09.27.2008