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Bungled U.S. Energy Policy

October 13, 2008

Filed under: life — Terry Wohlers @ 08:06

A lot needs to be fixed in the U.S. at the moment. At the risk of being the bearer of more bad news, here goes.

Jonathan Gourlay, features editor of Desktop Engineering, wrote an interesting editorial in the August 2008 issue. He stated the following.

           In the last fiscal year, the Energy Department had planned to spend
           $159 million on solar research and development. Nearly double
           that, $303 million, on nuclear energy research and development,
           and nearly triple, $427 million, on coal, as well as $167 million on
           fossil fuel research and development. Using the most conservative
           recent numbers available, we spend that combined amount every 
           five days in Iraq.

Shocking? It certainly was to me. With a new administration coming on board soon, I am hopeful that we will see some changes that will reduce our dependency on foreign oil and reduce greenhouse emissions. Our current national priorities give us little chance of either.