ENERGY MANHATTAN PROJECT-2: Energy policy principles

To assert that the US government makes poor energy choices, as was done in this space last week, is not to argue that the government should do nothing at all with energy (OGJ, Aug. 14, 2006, p. 17). Government always will have a role in this vital area.The question is whether that role is constructive or destructive. It can’t be constructive when the government assigns itself the task for which it is least equipped-making energy choices for consumers. The central problem, in fact, is that the government seldom really makes energy choices for consumers; it makes them for energy producers on purely political grounds. This type of politically motivated fuel selection would rot the core...

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