Thursday, May 04, 2006

Energy: Short Term v Long Term

All over the news the past couple of weeks (including TIME magazine and Ch. 5) is the debate between Rep. Chabot and Councilman Cranley concerning America's dependence on foreign oil.

Although it's a shame that this conversation hasn't made it to the forefront until now, it is important to weigh Congress's options.

Steve Chabot wants to give everyone $100. Congress would tax oil companies a pinch, which would give $100 to each American driver. Is $100 really going to make a difference for Americans this summer? Imagine a lower middle class family that owns one minivan. It will cost around $50 to fill up a 20 gallon tank. That means that Chabot's $100 plan would typically pay for 2-3 fill ups this summer. Not much of a long term solution...

John Cranley, on the other hand, has a different idea. He has a long-term view that would involves curbing CORPORATE WELFARE to oil companies to instead invest more in alternative energy. At the rate that our government is funding alternative energy, including hydrogen cars, it will be decades before they begin to make a difference. We need a plan now that involves our government playing a much more active role in shaping American energy independence.

If the $100 bill (pun intended) passes, I suggest mailing the check right back to Congress to help them fund a real ALTERNATIVE ENERGY plan. I'm not saying a short term solution isn't essential, but wouldn't it be great if the level of importance that a short term solution is getting now was for a long term solution?


At 10:46 PM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 11:34 PM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't it great that we have an energy bill that Congressman Chabot helped pass that promotes alternative development in the form of Ethanol and other renewable fuels. And that Corporate Welfare line is straight from the Congressman himself. Seems like Mr. Cranley is attempting to take credit for proposals Congressman Chabot has been advocating for years.


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