Andrew Liveris of Dow on U.S. Energy Crisis

By October 1, 2007Energy

Andrew Liveris, chairman and CEO of Dow Chemical Co., has a must read column on energy policy in today’s National Review Online, “Strength Needs Energy.”

As I’ve talked with other industrial and business leaders in the U.S. over the past several years, I’ve come to one inescapable conclusion: This country is in the middle of what could be a long and painful energy crisis.

It’s a crisis that goes beyond the very real misery many may feel this winter when they struggle to pay home heating bills. And it’s well beyond any discomfort Americans are feeling now when they go to fill up their cars and SUVs at the gas station.

The real energy crisis we face today is much graver because it has ballooned into a manufacturing crisis. It is now undermining the very things that have made this country so great for so long — its economic prowess, its education system, its strong history of innovation and invention, and, last but certainly not least, its basic national-security and influence in the world.

It doesn’t have to end that way, of course. There are solutions. But, we have to act soon if we hope to have any chance of saving our once mighty manufacturing economy, the basis of our great democracy and influence in the world.

Read the whole thing.

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