Apologies in advance for linking to a page that requires a subscription, but Thomas Friedman’s recent piece in the New York Times hits the nail on the head as far as I’m concerned. Our country desperately needs to move aggressively towards energy independence through conservation efforts, efficiency programs and investment in the development of alternative energy sources.
Certainly, everyone can take individual action to help matters by making sure their next car gets twice the mileage as their existing one or by putting a PV system on their roof, but without national-level leadership, we’re not going to get there through altruistic individual actions alone.
The bumbling Texas oilman in the White House is not the guy to do it, but the simple fact is that that our national security and economy are enhanced far more by reducing our dependence upon foreign oil than by invading a country that (surprise, surprise) had no WMDs after all. As Mr. Friedman eloquently concludes, “green is the new red, white and blue.”