Energy Policy Needed Now!

Energy Policy Needed Now!

The United States will continue to use energy at a rate that far exceeds our own ability to supply for years to come. No one wants a nuclear power plant or coal mine in their backyard. Many folks don't want wind turbines, or solar farms in their pristine environment either. To argue that there will or will not be attendant disruptions with any type of currently accessible means of energy production is useless (it is impossible to see every unintended consequence in any endeavor).

In the United States, the largest methane emissions come from the decomposition of wastes in landfills, ruminant digestion and manure management associated with domestic livestock... (Source - US Emissions Inventory 2010 EPA) The largest source of carbon dioxide is animal and plant decay also. Show me an alternative workable plan to mitigate these sources of greenhouse gases and I will jump on board immediately.

So, if we want to be financed by the Chinese, so that we can finance the terrorists, so that we can stop eating, stop driving cars , do away with cement, steel, and iron production well... then... no energy plan, is absolutely the way to go. Focusing on any one technology to the exclusion of all others is a safe bet for disaster also.

Am I for water pollution, of course not, and every regulation that can be feasibly implemented should be applied to any and all sources of pollution; earth, water, and air (feasibly being the key word here). Anecdotally, during the early 70's, I rode a bicycle and used public transportation until I was well into my 20's while most folks my age at that time couldn't wait to get their first car. It was then I discovered that most of society talks green but doesn't really want to make the sacrifices required to be green. Many also don't have the time for in-depth research, even at the layman level. Are things bad, yes. Would it have been better if we had just stayed in the Garden of Eden, I think so. Nonetheless, it's too late for that now. The world we live in deserves prompt, practical implementations to lessen our dependence on foreign oil, and reduce our national debt while protecting the environment as much as possible.

Personally, I do not see an alternative other than using natural gas produced in the United States as a transition fuel with a strong and comprehensive commitment to simultaneously develop more renewable and less polluting sources of energy. In 20 years we will either be a bankrupt second rate nation with unacceptable levels of pollution anyway, or we will have transitioned to a nation that produces the cleanest energy at home possible. If you have an alternative, I'm more than willing to look at it with an open mind, but doing nothing because it won't be perfect is not a solution.

The straw man all-or-nothing approach gets us nowhere. Bipartisanship and the willingness to compromise are needed.

boJ_Wayne

Be willing to make decisions. That's the most important quality in a good leader. Don't fall victim to what I call the Ready... Aim... Aim... Aim... Syndrome. You must be willing to fire. T Boone Pickens

 

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Believe it or not,     we already have an energy policy. That policy is to look busy trying to solve the energy crisis while the forces of the market place determine the degree and rate of change to alternative and renewable energy sources. Although this seems not to be the best approach to many, no one has come up with a better solution yet. Truth is we are captive to the world economy just like the rest of the industrial countries. The law of supply and demand cannot be circumvented in an open market economy and an open market economy is critical retaining our economic standing in the world. Yes, like it or not, until the price of oil intersects with the price of alternatives, oil is king and OPEC owns the kingdom. No country outside of OPEC has enough oil capacity to increase world supply and therefore the world outside of OPEC can only regulate the demand side of the economic law of supply and demand. Sure we can throw money at alternative forms of energy and drive up our cost of energy which will drive up our production costs making us less competitive in the world market place - not a good end-game there I might add. Technology advancements are bringing down the cost of alternative sources of energy and one day will intersect with rising oil prices which will put OPEC back to wondering how to survive in a desert.

 

findrichard.

I couldn't have said it better myself. 

I only add that it is imperative to begin, meaningfully, weaning ourselves off foreign energy sources immediately.  The best way to do that, I think, is for United States natural gas to be the key transitional fuel; while waiting for alternative technologies to be realized.

http://www.pickensplan.com/

Utilize the skip sign up bar at the bottom to go directly to the site (if you are not familiar with it already).

If you have a problem with subsidizing natural gas tractor-trucks, fleet vehicles, and infrastructure for five years at a billion per year (small percentage compared to what has been spent on other less worthy projects, imho) then just consider the plan in a pure market place light.

Somehow, I don't think I need to worry about asking you to post what you think in reply :^)

boJ_Wayne

“Let me give you a number that is pretty shocking when you hear it. The world uses 30 billion barrels of oil a year. There is no way we're replacing 30 billion barrels of oil. Just a million barrels a day is 1,000 wells producing 1,000 barrels. That's big.”  T. Boone Pickens

 

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