Localize the issue
Since the Arab oil embargo in the early 1970s when fuel prices quadrupled we have heard politicians lament, “We need a comprehensive national energy policy.” Today, 35 years later, they are still saying, “We need a national energy policy.” It is apparent that neither a Democratic nor a Republican administration is willing or able to accomplish this and wean America off dependence on foreign oil.
I would like to see The Washington Times address the possibility of shifting the responsibility for energy policy away from the federal government and vest it in the states. Those few states which refuse to look out for their citizens’ best interests in this regard will have to stew in their own juices until they are forced to come to the realization that the situation is serious.
Under this scenario, the “Not in my back yard” syndrome would simply evaporate. Walter Meller Abilene, Texas