To the editor:
After the oil embargo of 1973 — people waiting in long lines to get gas and gas prices going from 30 cents per gallon to $1 — then President Jimmy Carter signed legislation creating the Department of Energy in 1977. Its mission was to make the U.S. energy independent and to avert future oil disruptions and uncertainty along with overseeing nuclear power.
The energy department's annual budget is $22 billion.
Would you say the Department of Energy has succeeded in weaning us off foreign oil? Thirty-four years later and we are still sending our wealth overseas to people who do not have our best interests at heart. Funding terrorists. During the president's spring break trip to Brazil last week, he was promoting offshore drilling in Brazil.
We need to stop the insanity now and truly become energy independent. Independence is in our very DNA as Americans. Drill here in the U.S. and stop sending jobs and money overseas.
Until the next Thomas Alva Edison or Alexander Graham Bell comes along with an astounding new energy discovery, we need affordable and cost effective fuel. Coal, oil and natural gas predominantly. Domestic energy resources are one of our economic strengths. Current coal-fired power production is clean and cost effective and it is one of the best alternatives.
We are in a great recession, and politics along with mission creep in the Interior Department, Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Energy are choking the lifeblood out of our economy.
Start granting permits. There's a novel idea. Ease up on overregulation. Allow air to blow onto the embers of American businesses and entrepreneurs. Let the American spirit work and get out of the way. We are an exceptional people and we need to believe again.
We do not exist for the benefit of government. And government exists only because of our consent and I do not consent to bureaucratic tyranny.
I want to make the original dream possible for my children and grandchild.
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