Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Quotation for Today: Putting America's Energy "Eggs" in One Basket

Big Oil and its bought-and-paid-for Republican politicians  -- via their Vote 4 Energy political campaign -- want you to believe that the only energy policy choices for the United States are greater energy independence on fossil fuels or more perilous energy insecurity.  The quotation of today, across the jump, reminds us of the cost of energy independence that relies solely on fossil fuels and their by-products and offers a different path to energy independence.  
But there is another way to characterize that “choice”: on one path, the United States will increasingly come to resemble a Third World petro-state, with compliant government leaders, an increasingly money-ridden and corrupt political system, and negligible environmental and health safeguards; on the other, which would also involve far greater investment in the development of renewable alternative energies, it would remain a First World nation with strong health and environmental regulations and robust democratic institutions.
Michael T. Klare
Michael T. Klare is a professor of peace and world security studies at Hampshire College, a TomDispatch regular, and the author of The Race for What’s Left: The Global Scramble for the World’s Last Resources just published by Metropolitan Books.

The energy "plan" of Big Oil and its bought-and-paid-for Republican politicians would put all of America's energy "eggs" in one basket. Well, those Americans who put all their retirement money in Enron -- a now defunct energy company -- can tell you about putting all your eggs in one basket.  

Conversely, President Barack Obama's All-of-the-Above approach to energy seems to be a more practical, environmentally safer and healthier blueprint than the all-your-energy-"eggs"-in-one-basket scheme conjured up by Big Oil and its bought-and-paid-for Republican politicians. 

The energy plan of the Obama Administration is based on a diversified energy base of renewable energy sources as well as fossil fuels. The Obama Administration's energy plan would not leave America totally dependent on one source of energy.

You can read about President Obama's All-of-the-Above energy plan here (pdf).

Klare, Michael T. "Tomgram: Michael Klare, Welcome to the New Third World of Energy, the U.S." 1 April, 2011.

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