My Two-Cents on Energy Reform
There’s been lots of discussion recently about energy reform and America’s need to reduce its dependence on foreign oil. Given the gravity of this issue, I truly believe the outcome of this national conversation will be a defining moment in American history.
To me, the solution to U.S. energy independence consists of three fundamental pillars.
- The maximization of domestic fuel production of all types – ANWAR, shale, the outer continental shelf, for example.
- The maximization of renewable energy to the extent that it’s technically feasible – wind, solar, nuclear, bio mass, and so on.
- A movement to electrify the short-haul transportation system, using plug-in hybrid technology and encouraged through government incentives and other programs.
Plug-in hybrid technology for short-haul transportation has real potential to significantly reduce our reliance on imported petroleum. About 80 percent of all daily personal driving is less than 40 miles, and hybrids will have a range of 400 miles when the gasoline engine kicks in.
Reducing demand for petroleum by converting the short-haul automotive sector to plug-in would free up more diesel and middle-distillates for use by jets and long-haul trucks. Electric power is already available in people’s homes, and efforts should be put toward producing electrical power in the cleanest and most economical way possible – wind, solar, nuclear, geo, hydro, and biomass. After all, it’s a lot easier to clean up 1,100 power plants than it is 250 million personal automobiles.