Missing Jimmy Carter
Q: Since the 1970s oil crisis, a number of policies have been enacted to increase energy independence. Do you think they've been effective?
A: Had we followed intellectually where we were back in the Carter era, we wouldn't have a lot of the problems we do today. We've had a lot of short-term thinking from administrations that basically trades off the health of the planet for economic gain for the business community—and for their own re-election. We don't reward our leaders for making long-term beneficial decisions for society. It's like the stock market—all that matters is the next quarter, not where you are 10 years from now.
Welcome to life in a democratic republic. That answer would be truer about Medicare and Social Security.
Venter is an Obama supporter but McCain is less likely to be worried about getting re-elected.