energy independence

The entire subject of “energy independence” is one of the more frustrating political topics in this country.

Everyone seems to agree that being dependent on foreign oil alone is a bad idea. Yet, at the same time, many of those same people behave as if they hadn’t even heard of drilling for oil in our territory. There are unknown supplies of oil right here in the Northern Hemisphere, and we behave as if it hasn’t occurred to us to go get it.

Meanwhile, the most effective source of energy – nuclear power – isn’t even on the table for discussion. While countries in Europe have been using it safely for decades, we don’t even discuss it.

What we do discuss is wind power (which relies on oil as a back-up source of energy when it’s not, you know, windy) and solar power (which still doesn’t do so well in Seattle).

The “dependence on foreign oil” line is a bit of a straw man, anyway (like most every argument put forth by the current President of Marketing). It’s not dependence on foreign oil that could kill us, it’s dependence on few or one source. If we have a diversity of suppliers, no one of them holds power over us.

Not drilling for our own oil is maddening. But only the sacred combination of public short memory and government convenience could bring us a situation in which insisting our government allow us to “drill here, drill now” is popular for a few weeks and then forgotten completely when the government removes restrictions before the election and erects them again immediately after.

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