Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Pure Insanity

Along with education, energy policy is arguably the most important strategic domestic issue because of its impact on so many other areas.

The well-being of our economy, our national security, and our environmental future are all directly linked to where we acquire our fuels and how we generate our electricity.

Of course, I've written this before, but it's worth saying again. And again.

Thomas Friedman, one of my favorite thinkers, returned to the New York Times this week and wrote a searing 3 minute essay on the pure insanity of U.S. energy policy (or more precisely, the lack thereof).

Did you know that the U.S. government is currently subsidizing oil companies during times of record profits, but is not offering any support whatsoever for the construction of new wind or solar power installations?

You can (and should) read more about this travesty here.

Personal note: I've pretty much tipped my hand in recent weeks about my support for Barack Obama. This article starts with a nod to him and a slap and McCain and Clinton for their recent support of the "gas-tax holiday". I'd ask all readers to look past these initial few lines, regardless of their political preference, to focus on the real issue that most of the article discusses.

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