February 2012


HP Viewpoint: The promise and reality of energy independence

The governance of energy by our federal government is broken, dysfunctional and unfixable in its current form, according to the author.

Hofmeister, J., Citizens for Affordable Energy

Energy policy in the US has been hopelessly adrift for the past four decades, at least since President Richard Nixon declared “energy independence ... in seven years” on the back end of the first Arab oil embargo that created interminable gasoline lines across the country. He launched the “energy independence” mantra that every president since has proclaimed. Nineteen successive US congresses have likewise committed to energy independence. No president or congress has succeeded in getting the country close to that goal. In 1973, the US imported a third of its daily consumption of crude oil. In 2010, the number was closer to two thirds. New era. Now, at the beginning of

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