TWW. Forrest asks Santos whether he would support building more nuclear power plants. Santos would not, because we still don't know what to do with the radioactive waste those plants produce. Vinick claims that nuclear power is completely safe and dependable. Santos scoffs, and claims that the government should support the development of alternative energy sources. Vinick thinks the market will do that just fine on its own, and points to the success of hybrid cars like the Prius as proof of this. Santos thinks the market will not react in time to prevent global warming. Now it's Vinick's turn to scoff. They step away from their podiums to yell at each other about global warming. Once again, Forrest becomes my hero as he shuts them up.
MH. Barthelona. Mr. Tall keeps yelling, Emma is scared. Blah blah blah. John walks out onto an adjoining roof or something. Somehow, he makes his way to Emma's roof and tries to get Mr. Tall to calm down. But Mr. Tall just gets more excited, telling Emma, "I'm gonna make you suffer," and runs at her. John is incredibly slow in trying to head him off. Mr. Tall tells Emma, "You're gonna take this moment to your grave." And then he throws himself off the roof. And that's why I only fly on airlines with assigned seats. Emma cries, and John comforts her.
TWW. Forrest has one last question on energy, asking Santos what he would do to ensure a dependable source of foreign oil for the foreseeable future. Santos starts by pledging that he will never go to war for oil. See, this is one of those things that just doesn't make sense in the context of the show. We've never seen the slightest hint that the Bartlet administration considered or was accused of going to war for oil, and we haven't heard any claims that earlier administrations did anything similar. So why is this an issue for Santos? In any case, Santos invites Vinick to take the same pledge, right there. Vinick refuses, arguing that it's (a) stupid and (b) beneath the dignity of the office of the President. He notes that we'll always be able to buy oil, because the nations that sell it will always need customers. I think this ignores the fact that there are more and more customers in the world willing to pay for the oil that's out there. Vinick points out that Canada is the largest supplier of oil to the U.S. If that's true, I say invade 'em now, before those homo-lovin' socialists decide to keep it all for themselves. ["You better give us our softwood lumber money back or we'll just sell it to China instead." -- Wing Chun]