Where is America's Energy Policy?

by Laura Ehrenberg-Chesler on March 31, 2011

in Energy,Geopolitical,Technology

President Obama made a speech yesterday about his administration”s energy policy.  It was an animated address, but sadly lacked any specifics.  He made it explicitly clear that we will be relying on “American ingenuity”.

About one year ago on these pages, I suggested as have many others, that we could go a long way to solve our energy needs, and improve our national security, by using more natural gas.

Natural gas is cheap, plentiful, clean, and we have a lot of it right here in the United States.  We have the technology to outfit cars and trucks to run on it, and that technology is currently being used by some truck fleets, public transit, waste hauling vehicles, and taxis.  The technology is also in use for the fueling stations.

Natural gas should be the go to fuel for today,  in order to reduce our reliance on foreign oil.  Wind, solar and bio fuels are expensive, impractical, and a long way off from being able to fuel our vehicles.  Maybe the current administration should make natural gas the keystone of a real energy policy for America.

Update 4/04/11 – The Wall Street Journal had an interesting story over the weekend titled From the article:

What has become known as the “unconventional-natural-gas revolution” has turned a shortage into a large surplus and transformed the natural-gas business, which supplies almost a quarter of America”s total energy. This revolution has arrived, moreover, at a moment when rising oil prices, sparked by turmoil in the Middle East, and the nuclear crisis in Japan have raised anxieties about energy security. Government and producers alike have turned their attention back to domestic resources.

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