The petition at AmericanSoutions.com is nearing 1 million signatures!
There is an exciting groundswell of support for using our energy sources here at home, not only to lower our energy costs, but to reduce our dependency on countries that have leaders who have sworn to defeat us.
Let's all make energy dependency the biggest issue of the campaign, and force the two candidates to lay out detailed plans for how they will solve the problem.
A gas tax holiday is not the solution. A short-term solution that does not address the core issue. Supported by John McCain.
Windfall profit taxes on oil companies is not the solution. Penalizes American companies, while foreign companies are not affected, giving unfair and huge competitive edge over American companies. Drives up prices, rather than reducing them, because oil companies simply pass any additional taxes to consumers. Problem becomes worse, economy sinks. Supported by Barack Obama.
Instead, we must do the following, in this order:
- First grow and utilitize our resources here in America, which have been untapped for decades.
- Reform the futures commodity trading industry to protect oil, which is of strategic importance to every person in this country. When energy prices go up, every single person suffers, even those who don't use much energy. Energy drives the entire economy, top to bottom. High energy prices means layoffs. Low energy prices means more jobs and disposable income for every person.
- Invest in more nuclear power plants, which will provide clean, environmentally-friendly power, and lower energy prices.
- Invest in alternative energy production and storage, particularly advanced battery and fuel cell technology and hydrogen and other non-biofuel technologies.
- Remove restrictions on the import of sugarcane-based biofuels. The bans were enacted to protect corn farmers, but the corn farmers do not need the protection. There is a shortage of corn, not an over-abundance, so corn prices are too high, and are continuing to rise. This is a typical consequence of protectionist policies; the consumer is harmed. Corn is not as efficient as sugarcane in its conversion to fuel, so we would have lower prices plus more energy.
How can you support this?
Start by signing the petition mentioned above.
Here is the link: www.americansolutions.com
Also, find out what the candidates will offer as a solution for energy prices.
- Does the solution offered give us more energy, and therefore drive down prices?
- Does the solution have both short-term and long-term benefits?
- Will it help or hinder the economy?
- What is your confidence that the candidate is serious about solving the issue and implementing their solutions in full? (Talk is cheap.)