During yesterday’s speech at the Democratic Convention, Brian Schweitzer (Governor of Montana) spoke at length about energy independence. If you strip the political messages out of it you can find some interesting remarks about energy and the future starting at about minute 5 of the video below. While hybrid cars take the spotlight as usual, I believe that retrofitting buildings, and sustainably engineering new ones holds a tremendous potential for energy savings that will likely have greater impact than the hybrids. At any rate, all efforts are welcome. To truly achieve energy independence, which also happens to solve the environmental crisis we are in as well as create an abundance of green-collar jobs and therefore fuel the economy, is a great goal that I fully support.