Ross Mackenzie

--Encourage -- bigtime -- new nuclear output, as countries across the globe are doing. And stop letting environmental wackos set energy policy with wind, solar, and tidal snake-oil schemes technologically unable to provide energy generation on levels even approaching energy demand.

--Oh, and fire Energy Secretary Steven Chu, who has spoken sensitively about the importance of $8-a-gallon gasoline at the pump.

NANSEN Saleri, president of Quantum Reservoir Impact in Houston, notes the globe possesses ample sources of oil and natural gas: "At current rates of global consumption, there are sufficient oil and gas supplies to last well into the next century. What's missing is a coherent U.S. energy policy." With such a policy, he says, the U.S. could switch from an energy importer to an energy exporter in 15 years.

Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell adds: "As we watch fuel prices rise, inflation take hold, and government debt reach record levels, Alaskans and those in other oil-producing states are frustrated. We wonder why the Obama administration is openly hostile to a sector of our economy that has created hundreds of thousands of jobs, kept the country on an even keel even during the recession, and produces a global commodity we depend on every day."

President Obama loves the phrase "win the future"; he deployed it a dozen times in his most recent State of the Union address alone. Yet how, as a nation, can we win the future if here or there the removal of an Arab/Islamist goon -- whose removal we morally should favor -- pings our anxiety meter, sending the price of gasoline into the stratosphere?

If we have the coal, gas, and petroleum resources to make ourselves energy independent, it makes no sense for us not to use those resources in responsible ways. In fact Republicans, independents, and Democrats favor most "on the table" energy proposals (Democrats oppose opening ANWR to drilling).

Once energy independent, instead of being dependent on tinpot dictators to power our cars and heat our houses, we wouldn't have to be passive about, for instance, turmoil in Libya -- or about Hugo Chavez violating international sanctions on Iran by sending it reformate" (used to upgrade gasoline), as he is doing.

Winning the future means gaining our energy independence through unleashed American technology -- and getting the federales out of the way. Anything less means cementing ourselves in the past.

Ross Mackenzie

Ross Mackenzie lives with his wife and Labrador retriever in the woods west of Richmond, Virginia. They have two grown sons, both Naval officers.

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