will the oilspill finally generate a viable energy plan?

Rather than protesting further offshore drilling, isn't it better to channel activism towards a long-term sustainable energy strategy in national policy? Practically speaking, America’s current need for domestic oil outweighs the potential for disaster. As an oil junkie nation that's spent the past five decades building an entire infrastructure around oil, there are frightening few options. From Wikipedia: The US is the largest energy consumer, ranking seventh in energy consumption per capita in the world in 2005. The majority of this energy is derived from fossil fuels: in 2005, it was estimated that 40% of the nation's energy came from petroleum, 23% from coal, and 23% from natural gas. Nuclear power supplied 8.4% and renewable … [Read more...]

Oil Spill Politics and the US Energy Policy

...and the political posturing and spinning begins. The majority of primaries and gubernatorial races are still ahead of us. See the schedule here for each state: http://bit.ly/dy2Avp For one, I'm disappointed with the administration's slow response to this crisis. I'm surprised that Obama issued a statement last Friday still supporting the expansion of offshore oil and gas production in US waters, but I agree. I'm not surprised there was not a chorus of Democrats jumping on this statement. Here's a nice technical blow-by-blow of the Deepwater Horizon explosion by one of the workers on the rig: Welcome to the World of Deep-water Risk As I've said before, this accident is Mother Nature's wake-up call to everyone. Deep-water … [Read more...]