Wednesday, January 25, 2006

VDH on our oil addiction

Does the debate over our reliance on foreign oil make your head spin? Victor Davis Hanson helps to clear it up in this piece. He shows that the various political factions contribute to our precarious situation: liberal, conservative, libertarian, and religious despot alike. He also prescribes a course of action that would, I think, solve our own oil dependency problem:
If the left would push nuclear power and more drilling, and the right would push more mandatory efficiency standards and alternative fuels, the United States could cut its imports and collapse the world price.

Too bad that this is another political pipe dream. Though I could see conservatives pushing alternative fuels more than I could believe that liberals would push nuclear energy. I do think that gasoline would have to reach $5 a gallon in the U.S. before anything substantive – other than price controls – is done.

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