No More Energy Independence

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Now that I’m done gloating (for now) about the New York Giants Super Bowl triumph, I can pay more attention to important things like our country’s energy choices. My friend and former colleague Heather Hamilton reports back from a forum that confirms what we’ve been discussing here for a while:

U.S. in the World research for a meta-analysis of polls and focus groups on climate change has found that the argument that the U.S. needs to reduce its dependence on foreign or Middle Eastern oil to protect national security actually increases public support for drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and other non-renewable, domestic energy sources like coal and nuclear energy.

Unfortunately, while talk of “ending dependence on foreign oil” leads to losing policies, for now, it also leads to winning politics. For the time being, most voters think energy independence is important and achievable and candidates are unfortunately all too willing to indulge them.
— Scott Paul

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5 comments on “No More Energy Independence

  1. poetryman69 says:

    Stop funding the terrorists!
    No more Oil Wars!
    Energy Independence Now!
    Drill in Anwar.
    Build more nuclear power plants
    Use More coal.
    Use more natural gas
    Turn trash into energy
    Double the efficiency of windmills and solar cells.
    If France can do nuclear power so can we.
    If Brazil can do biomass/ethanol power so can we.
    If Australia can do LNG power so can we.
    Domestically produced energy will end the recession and spur the economy.
    Stop paying oil dollars to those who worship daily at the alter of our destruction.
    Preserve our Civil Rights and defend our Freedom by ending dependence on foreign oil.

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  2. Mr.Murder says:

    Oil import caps have inflated the price artificially high, once OPEC caught up to the game they’ve done so as well.
    We can eliminate that need with one talk to Chavez.
    We’ve had 60 mpg carburetors available for years and blocked patent application to keep the Texas oil types happy.
    Fuel Cells were field deployable since 1986 and look how far that’s gone.
    I pledge allegiance to the oil barrel, of the united petroleum drillers of the world, and to the despotic regimes we call allies, one economy, under oil, with low mileage, high pollution, and inflationary pressure for all.
    Just about the time we get to the fact people understand this, water becomes now as gas was in the 70s.
    You know the nukular facilities are starting to run low on ground water to cool effectively. Fortunately, we can pump aquifer water to them, with drilling rig manpower hour service deals comparable to oil wells!
    Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

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  3. John Robert BEHRMAN says:

    “Energy Independence” is a Carter-era buzz-word.
    But, there is a security dimension to energy policy. Interestingly, it is not a “national security” question (requiring something like the Royal Navy) but an international security question. Oh, um, … stuff like the Law of the Sea.
    However, energy policy is mostly science, engineering, and economics — not marketing or law, well, admiralty law, which is not statutory law or jurisprudence, or just humbug for shaking down clients.
    Sadly, the Congressional leadership of both parties today are used to dealing in nothing but buzz-words and deals. To do science, they need the shroud of either DoD or Federal Reserve secrecy so they can avoid demonstrating their ignorance, cowardice, and corruption.

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  4. Paul Siegel says:

    It’s not energy independence we want, but reduction in CO2 to levels where catastrophic climate change will be prevented.
    Since reducing CO2 cannot be accomplished unless all countries in the world cooperate, it would be to our benefit to achieve ENERGY DEPENDENCE with other countries – with respect to non-carbon fuels, of course.

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  5. Paul Siegel says:

    It’s not energy independence we want, but reduction in CO2 to levels where catastrophic climate change will be prevented.
    Since reducing CO2 cannot be accomplished unless all countries in the world cooperate, it would be to our benefit to achieve ENERGY DEPENDENCE with other countries – with respect to non-carbon fuels, of course.

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