One of the issues the lame duck Congress and the new Congress will face is energy, an issue that has bedeviled generations of policy-makers. For our part, we think Congress should reconcile the House and Senate energy bills in lame duck and get it done. (If you’ve not already weighed in, click here to do so.)
There was a good editorial in Investors Business Daily on Monday on the topic of the Democrats’ energy agenda. Says the IBD, “Soon-to-be Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid plans to put energy independence at the top of next year’s agenda, but his party is pushing the same solutions that have failed for decades to make a dent in oil imports.” To bolster their argument, they make some salient points:
Finally, says the IBD in conclusion, “If Reid and his fellow Democrats are serious about energy independence, they will have to do something more than push costly remedies that have already been tried and proved ineffective.”
For the record, we agree with alternate fuels and efficiency — as we’ve said many times in this space, we drive the latter and invent the former. And, we ought to tap the resources we have here, in the Outer Continental Shelf and in ANWR. No other country has a moratorium on their own energy supply.
However, in the spirit of bipartisanship that is sweeping Washington these days, we do have a new solution on the alternative fuel side. Thanks to our own James Skelly, we have this photo. We hope you can make it out. Yes, that’s the Capitol building and yes, those are windmills. We figure it might be a good way to harness some of the, uh, natural energy emanating from that building as the 110th Congress convenes.
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