"The solution lies in a government which can shed some influence-peddling and make decisions based on the best science.?
No argument from this quarter Bob. That is what should be happening. The problem is it hasn''t been for going on two decades and seems unlikely to in light of a $17 trillion debt, which just might start being eroded where the U.S. to come up with the clean energy solution the rest of the world hungers for.
Eighteen years ago Joe Romm and Charle Curtis wrote an article Mideast Oil Forever, in the Atlantic Monthly that rings as true today as it did 18 years ago. "Imagine a world in which the Persian Gulf controlled two thirds of the world's oil for export, with $200 billion a year in oil revenues streaming into that unstable and politically troubled region, and America was importing nearly 60 percent of its oil, resulting in a $100-billion-a-year outflow that undermined efforts to reduce our trade deficit. That's a scenario out of the 1970s which can never happen again, right? No, that's the "reference case" projection for ten years from now from the federal Energy Information Administration."
In 1996 the U.S. debt just reached $5 trillion.