Energy Policy and Failure to Take Political Risks
America and the world are undergoing both an energy and climate crisis. The LA Times notes that it is not lack of ideas, but rather political paralysis and fear of the risks involved with doing what must be done, that is hampering energy policy solutions. Any effective solution must include requirements for utilities to generate more electricity from renewable energy, mandated limits on the emissions of carbon dioxide, and significant increases in fuel economy. A rapid move to 40-mpg average for fuel efficiency for cars, which is currently at 27.5-mpg, is easily doable, can be further tightened in the future, and is absolutely necessary if both the personal automobile and Earth's climate are to have a future. I would add a modest carbon tax as being equally imperative to solving both crises. If elected officials refuse to lead they should all be thrown out of office.