‘Power to the People’

By November 29, 2005Energy

Excellent piece in yesterday’s Wall St. Journal on line “Opinion Journal” from John Fund under this title on energy policy. Subtitled, “Washington policy makers stand in the way of sensible energy polices”, he pretty much his the nail on the head. He says therein, “In reality, high energy prices are often the direct consequence of misguided government policy.” How right he is. He must be reading the blog…

He ends with a pitch for nuclear power. The French get more than 80% of their power from nuclear, while we lag at about 20%. On one hand, enviros encourage NIMBY’s who don’t want nuclear plants in their areas, but then they also usurp the role of the Alaskans, who favor drilling in ANWR, as if they don’t know what’s best for themselves. Between a rock and a hard place, that’s where our energy policy lives.

Fund’s says to “expect a firestorm of controversy when the new Bush nuclear policy is announced.” He concludes:

“If Members of Congress are afraid to challenge the orthodoxies of the green lobby, they can’t be too surprised if President Bush exercises national leadership in a dramatic way to make sure the lights stay on while Washington fiddles. Some of them may privately even be thankful someone is willing to break a small part of the energy gridlock.”

Time to wrest control of American’s energy policy from a small band of rabid envoris and give it back to the people — the same people who are paying a lot more for energy and the same people who will be shivering this winter, thanks to the enviros.

If you agree, drop a note to your Member of Congress and let ’em know.

Join the discussion One Comment

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