Hillary Clinton summing up George W. Bush’s energy policy better than I’ve heard anyone else sum it up:
As I watched the debate last night, this was the line that jumped out to me, because it was startling to hear a Democratic Presidential candidate talk in such blunt terms about President Bush’s handling of our nation’s energy policy. In my mind, President Bush has done a poor job of helping reduce our nation’s dependence on foreign oil, and I’m glad to see a Democratic candidate pull no punches in attacking him for the job he’s done. Sure, President Bush talked a great game about alternative energy – after all, who can forget his mention of switchgrass in his 2006 State of the Union Address – but there hasn’t been much real action in the wake of all his talk. As I see it, our dependence on foreign oil is not just an energy issue – it’s a national security issue, and probably our most serious national security issue at that. Over sixty percent of the oil our nation imports comes from five countries: Canada, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Venezuela, and Nigeria, and if any one of those countries were to interrupt exports to the United States, we’d have some serious issues.
As I see it, the development of viable alternative energy sources is not only going to benefit our nation through a reduction in our dependence on foreign oil, but it will undoubtedly lead to the creation of an untold number of good jobs within the “green collar” industry.