SEARCH BLOG: ENERGY POLICY
Recently, I wrote this email to the U.S. senators from Michigan:
Occasionally, I receive emails from your offices informing me of important legislation and events. One important action that has not surfaced yet from the senate is legislation opening up vast areas of oil and natural gas bearing deposits within U.S. territory and offshore. Given the Democrat control of Congress and the positioning of the Democrat party as the party of the common person, I would hope that stories such as this will be shortly a thing of the past:For those of you who don't believe that is the case, I invite you to read the following:
'You're working for gas now'The people of Camden, Ala. pay a bigger chunk of their income for fuel than anyone else in the country - meaning tough choices for the ever thinner family budget.
While environmental protection is important, there appears to be a larger risk of environmental contamination from shipping oil to the U.S. than from local drilling and storage. Given the downside of dependence on any Middle East oil [and South American?], the prudent course for the U.S. would be to have a Manhattan-style project to expand available oil and natural gas supplies from North America while concurrently rapidly deploying the latest generation of nuclear power plants to replace aging nuclear and coal-fired plants. Certainly, research should continue on making solar and wind power economically feasible, but our near-future should not be risked by hoping we can continue to obtain the necessary fuel to keep our economy running at a level where people do not have to spend one-fourth of their income on fuel.
One additional action might ensure that gasoline supplies keep up with demand, even if oil supplies are sufficient: offer a suspension of federal gasoline taxes in any state where a new refinery is built as an addition to existing refineries. Care would have to be taken to be sure that a company would not receive benefit for building a new refinery simply to shut down an existing one.
Regardless of what theoretical alternatives may be touted, such as hydrogen powered vehicles, the reality is that the U.S. has both the natural reserves and the current technology... clean, turbo-diesel engines... to be self-sufficient for many more decades if political obstacles are removed.
As senators from Michigan, you should have a strong interest in seeing that Michigan automotive manufacturers are not saddled with the responsibility and the blame for the U.S. inaction and inability to have a rational and effective energy policy.
- Energy Policy Or Lack Thereof
- Toyota Prius proves a gas guzzler in a race with the BMW 520d
[HT Luboš Motl]
- see if they will respond with anything more than the standard "Your email has been received" and
- learn if reason can have any impact on politics and special interests.
But as I said, big refineries are needed as well and states might be competing to get one if Federal gasoline taxes were eliminated for awhile as an incentive for the states where the refineries are built. It would also help drivers such as those in Camden, AL...