Energy Independence (OR A Steaming Pile Of Crap)

Sweet Jesus, how I hate the term ‘energy independence.’  I really don’t know what it means, I don’t know why it’s good.  The key is not using less Middle Eastern oil, it’s using less oil.  If we really had sufficient reserves to absolutely flood the market and lower the price of oil, we could reduce the amount of money going to the Middle Eastern regimes.  But, we don’t.  If we start burning our own oil, that won’t really affect the worldwide supply, which won’t affect the price, which won’t reduce the amount of money going to Saudi Arabia, etc.  They’ll find someone to buy our oil, even if we don’t.

Alternatively, if we can get ourselves off the oil merry-go-round, whether that’s by using good, clean, futuristic methods, like renewable energy sources and biofuels, or whether it’s by horrible old methods like coal (even your precious clean coal technology) and nuclear sources, that’s not really energy independence – that’s an energy revolution.  I hope that, once this election is over, we can get rid of this hateful, hateful terminology.

p.s. many apologies to my brilliant and wonderful co-blogger for stealing his gimmick for this post’s title, but I couldn’t resist…

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2 Responses to Energy Independence (OR A Steaming Pile Of Crap)

  1. Shane says:

    It’s the Republican linguists again… When liberals use “Energy Independence” they’re appending a silent “from oil” so they can sleep at night. Republicans crafted it so they can accelerate the destruction of the planet while they all get rich as we all die, while still sleeping soundly and blaming “liberals”.

  2. Tripp says:

    The issue of energy independence has to do with trade imbalances. You’re correct that we cannot flood the market with cheap oil. Not gonna happen. However, oil that is produced domestically keeps OUR money from going abroad. That is the central point. The fact that we can’t produce anywhere near enough oil to satisfy our demand really should imply efficiency/technological innovation as they can have a far bigger impact on supply/demand issues than any realistic increases in domestic oil production.

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