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    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.

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