Thursday, 30 August 2012
The Romney (Energy) Plan
Independence. Fantastic! Commendable goal. I subscribe. The French meet 80% of their domestic consumption through nuclear production. For all its ills, nuclear seems cleaner and more sustainable a proposition than Mr Romney's oil pumping.
Any strategy needs to be sustainable. Mr Romney's energy one is not.
The US needs to use its vast research resources to put together a comprehensive energy strategy including long term investments in proven climate change-friendly mass production as well as innovative ones such as local or individual energy generation (from solar, wind or bio-mass). Electric transportation should clearly be part of the mix. As infrastructure reforms are needed, the strategic thinking and commitment are a must.
By ignoring the environment and the rest of the world, this retrograde stance is merely offering another gift to the incumbent energy behemoths, and is a pitiful headline grabber. Rhetoric without any wattage. But what's new in Mr Romney's campaign?