The current popular mantra is, “We can’t drill our way out of it.” Neither can we hybrid, biofuel, wind-energy, solar power, ethanol nor conserve our way out of our national energy mess. The debate is not, as has been framed, an either/or situation. We can, however, gain independence with a combination of technologies.
Realistically, oil and coal will be used for at least 20 to 30 more years despite dreamy goals to the contrary. Clean-energy nirvana is not just a flip of the switch away. So why not use domestic resources rather than foreign?
America’s energy debacle is so critical that we dare not to fall back into complacency as has been the national tendency when energy crises subside. Continuing to send billions of dollars to less-than-friendly countries has economic implications that are catastrophic for our country, our economy and our lives.