Thursday, March 30, 2006

Governor Richardson on Energy Independence

From his op-ed in the Manchester Union Leader:

But, the fact is that America’s reliance on foreign oil has steadily increased to 65 percent under President Bush, not decreased. We need to declare independence from foreign oil, and we need to do it now.

What this will take is an Apollo-like program focused on new technologies and renewable energy resources. This program will help foster an American-made energy economy and create new, high paying jobs here, not send billions of dollars a year to oil despots in the Middle East.

With focused effort and ingenuity, the United States put a man on the moon within a decade of setting its mind to it. We can do the same with energy independence but it will take more than just domestic oil production. We cannot drill our way out of this problem. We use 25 percent of the world’s oil and gas, but we have just 3 percent of its supplies. No one can make those curves cross. And we must implement a comprehensive energy plan, not just pop holes into every prairie, plain, tundra and shoreline — no matter if those pockets would have any significant effect on our national energy needs.

One thing Governor Richardson has that other candidates do not, is credibility and experience in energy matters. As former Secretary of Energy under President Clinton, Richardson has the background and ability necessary to put these words into action.


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