The American people will choose their next president in a few weeks. What choice do they have when it comes to energy?
The incumbent’s track record presents: sustained economic insecurity because ever higher energy prices wet-blanket any prospects for economic growth; continued volatile geo-politics impact imported energy supplies; sustained energy regulatory intrusion, regardless of need; ongoing efforts to shrink coal’s role in power generation; an anemic five-year plan for future offshore leasing; no nuclear waste storage resolution; ongoing rhetoric (regardless of consequences) to tax “big oil” more without comprehensive tax reform; the further build out of alternative energy inefficiency, regardless of costs or merits.
In other words. we can expect four more years just like the last, until we line up for our gasoline rations and wait out increasingly frequent blackouts by the back end of the next term.