to Nicholas Johnson's Coralville Rain Forest Web Site
Transfer Rain Forest Money to Alternative Energy Center
February 25, 2006
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May I suggest a change of plan? Let’s divert that money and those project leaders into a new idea. Let’s establish an alternative energy research and education center at the Coralville site. It could be a place for research and development of new forms of energy for the nation, a site for possible production of new fuels and a center for students and their teachers to tour as they view exhibits, sessions, or conferences. Travelers from around the nation would visit this center to learn about the research under way to make America energy independent.
I leave to the experts all the many fine things a research and education center for alternative energy in American could be. It would be a ‘‘first in the nation’’ place to see. In the meantime, when I want to see a rain forest again, I will go to the very impressive Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Neb. While on my way, I will drive past wind chargers, ethanol plants and all of Iowa’s bounty and wonder why we can’t come up with a better idea of our own.