- Posted April 12, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Election 2012: Your stories
America's Choice - #3 Energy Policy
In this report I continue to explain the issues that make up the main concern and choice that American voters face in November. That choice can be summed up with the answer to these two questions:
1. Do American voters want to continue the current road with increasing involvement of the federal government in the lives of the American people?
2. Do American voters want less federal government involvement with more of the decisions being left to the individuals and local/state governments?
The 3rd issue that will help Americans in deciding which direction America should follow over the next 4 years - Energy Policy. What type of comprehensive energy policy voters believe we should develop will assist in answering the question of which road to travel starting in January 2013.
President Richard Nixon was the first leader of the nation to set a goal and layout a roadmap to make America energy self-sufficient. Since that time, almost every presidential candidate and President has set a goal of energy independence. Alas, none have yet to succeed.
The choice facing Americans over the next 4 years is how to proceed in our quest to be independent and less susceptible to the volatile world influences that impact the cost of driving, transporting supplies and materials, delivery of goods and services, heating and cooling our homes as well as providing for all our varied energy needs.
Over the last few years, Americans have cut back on fuel consumption for their vehicles. We have lowered the heat setting in the winter. We have risen the thermometer in the summer to lessen cooling costs. We have explored, researched and are developing alternate sources of energy. We are finding new avenues to domestically provide what we need to power our lives. Consumption along with demand is down. And yet, costs continue to rise. We are even exporting domestic oil products to other nations.
What we need is to develop a sound, rational policy that uses what resources we have domestically to provide for our needs. Alternative, renewable, green energy should be explored and developed, but while we are working out the kinks and getting costs down to a viable markup that does not bankrupt most Americans, we must utilize what fossil fuels and other resources we have in the most efficient and most environmentally sound method we can while maintaining affordability.
We do need to explore all forms of energy, but not to our detriment. Once alternative supplies are cost-productive as well as operationally effective, we must continue our use and development of fossil fuels with common sense.
With the supply of reserves currently ontap there is no need for us to continue to import and be dependent upon foreign sources or the whims of arbritrary dictators and speculators. However, for us to achieve this, we must be willing to create a more conducive atmosphere for exploration, development and refinement.
This is a pocketbook issue. History has shown us that most Americans tend to vote on their pocketbook much more so than ideology especially when the pocketbook is being hit and hit hard.
The current soar in gasoline price is indicative of why we must develop a more efficient and comprehensive energy policy that leads to independence from outside influences. When the cost of gasoline and diesel goes up and remains high, the costs of all other goods and services rise accordingly.
Americans may be slowly going back to work, however, those job openings and obligations are impacted and may close or go unfilled, if Amercans cannot afford to get to work. All this again reverts right back to the #1 issue this election year, the economy.
In our research and development of a sound energy policy, weaning us off foreign dependence, we must make moves with common sense, rationale and logic. We must not be quick to just handout loans and grants because a company slaps the term, "green", on its doors. We must make sure our investment is thoughtful and has real-life capabilities of being succcessful.
While Nixon back in the late 1960s and early 1970s proposed and laid out the first map to energy independence, we have yet to achieve that goal. It is past time that Americans tighten the belt, belly up to the table and make it happen. We have the capability to be energy self-sufficient, but do we have the will to follow through?
From the Cornfield, Americans must chose the road to travel come November. Part of our decision making must include a real, workable plan of full energy independence.