A Local Editorial: Toward a safer energy future

Posted by Kendall Harmon

As a conservation measure, Dr. Chu has recommended that Americans drive smaller cars or pay higher taxes for driving big ones. It would be reassuring to know that he also supports, as a short-term measure for reducing dependence on foreign oil, responsible efforts to increase domestic oil and gas production. These may be stopgap supplies, but having them is better for us than not.

When he was introduced to the press by Mr. Obama, Dr. Chu said, "We must repair the economy and put us on a path forward toward sustainable energy."

That is fine, as long as he keeps his eye on the economy's near-term energy requirements, as well.

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Filed under: * Economics, PoliticsEnergy, Natural Resources

Posted December 29, 2008 at 8:24 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

1. Dilbertnomore wrote:

A wise and balanced editorial. I applaud the emphasis on the short term as a necessary aspect of the problem to get us to the position we can meet the long term.
Drill here. Drill now. Expand our petroleum and gas capacity now.
Mine here. Mine now. Expand our coal capacity now.
Refine here. Refine now. Expand our gasoline and diesel fuel capacity now.
Fission here. Fission now. Expand our nuclear capacity now.

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