Our United States, a form of a government system whose energy policy has become a global, financial and political catastrophe!

Government's job description is to do those projects citizens cannot do practically and efficiently for themselves. Somewhat of a good example is the infrastructure of our national highway system. Why can't we citizens of t he United States expect a somewhat functioning energy policy to "… promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity…"?

We now have the national energy policies of President Reagan and friends, past and present, probably including U.S. Rep. Long. On May 19, Long offers his present solution to our energy problem: "Allowing drilling within the country's ocean space would give Americans more say over their own gas price." (News-Leader, page 8A) I disagree with my representative's statement. … Wrong! Long apparently forgot about the questionable practices and actions of Wall Street and the commodities markets!

Should we hold our newly elected U.S. representative and senator responsible for our present national energy problems? I started to say national energy policies but I was not really sure if we have an energy policy.

Hopefully the U.S. government will come together and work for sustainable alternate energy sources and transportation plans, in the meantime I guess our politicians will continue to do that which they all do best, pump gas!

Robert E. Hackley Republic
Article Courtesy of: http://www.news-leader.com
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