Friday, November 21, 2008

My Comments to the President-Elect: Energy Policy

To some, freedom means low prices. To others, Freedom means independence. With the recent economic crisis, energy costs have plummeted, particularly for oil and its byproducts. With this refreshing change, I fear we may soon forget what it felt like to be at the mercy of foreign corporations.

I think the primary focus of energy policy ought to be independence from foreign interests.

I agree that our national energy policy ought to be a policy that allows us to be good world citizens and also to better care for the commons that we all share. While expanding offshore drilling and developing protected lands may be a better choice than continued dependence on foreign powers, seeking alternative sources of energy would help us more in the long term. Now that the auto industry finds itself in arrears, it could be the perfect chance to change how we think about energy and transportation.

Ultimately, I'd like to see America's energy production owned and operated by Americans, not by government or foreign interests.

In summary:

1) Energy independence is better than low cost energy.
2) Local oil production is better than energy dependence, but alternate energy is the way to go.
3) Energy production in America should be owned and operated by Americans and energy should be produced closest to where it is used in proportion to local demands.

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