Since the 1970s, Americans and their elected representatives have failed to make the
energy independent. That includes every president from Ronald Reagan to Barack Obama. Yet all of us are equally responsible, including the members of Congress who looked the other way. United States
After the energy crisis during Jimmy Carter’s administration, American citizens listened to scores of candidates call for energy independence, but we never forced them to keep their promises.
Every time gas prices dropped again, the sense of urgency vanished. We returned to our spoiled lives, our big cars, and our fancy televisions. After all - we would whisper to ourselves - this is
. Surely everything will work out just fine. Now all of us are guilty of “energy negligence.” America
Barack Obama has lofty ideals for “green energy” which one might expect from a college professor with limited real world experience. Yet his dream for an energy-perfect world filled with unicorns is unrealistic for now. Instead of waiting for business to develop new technology that is commercially viable, the president chooses to force feed his policies on
. He forgets that we are a nation of average people who don’t really want – and can’t afford - $30,000 electric cars that only go a short distance before needing hours of charging. America
has the resources in oil, natural gas, and coal, to be energy independent. We shouldn’t have to bow to foreign dictators in order to feed our energy machine. It’s true that such energy independence won’t happen overnight. But in the meantime, we could create millions of energy-related jobs. We need new oil fields, refineries, pipelines, offshore drilling, coal mines and more federal land open to energy exploration. Yes, the environment is important, but not at the expense of American independence. United States
Current and past presidents - and the members of Congress who served alongside them - should be ashamed for allowing us to end up in the position we are today. And all of us who failed to hold them accountable should also be ashamed. After all, we’re the ones who sent them to
Our president after November, 2012, must move our nation toward energy independence – no matter how long it takes. And we must elect members of Congress who will do so as well. I don’t think Barack Obama is the man with the vision to do what needs to be done. I believe he should be replaced, but I am still deciding who I feel that replacement should be.
The final decision is yours,
. Make the right choice or you will only have yourselves to blame…..again…. America
Charles M. Grist