Does anybody out there have any memory of the reason given for the establishment of the DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY ..... during the Carter Administration?
Bottom line . . we've spent several hundred billion dollars in support of an agency ... the reason for which not one person who reads this can remember.
It was very simple
* ... and at the time everybody thought it very appropriate.
The Department of Energy was instituted 8-04-1977 TO LESSEN OUR DEPENDENCE ON FOREIGN OIL.
AND NOW IT'S 2008, 31 YEARS LATER ... AND THE BUDGET FOR THIS NECESSARY DEPARTMENT IS AT $24.2 BILLION A YEAR
* THEY HAVE 160,000 FEDERAL EMPLOYEES AND APPROXIMATELY 100,000 CONTRACT EMPLOYEES
* AND LOOK AT THE JOB THEY HAVE DONE!
THIS IS WHERE YOU SLAP YOUR FOREHEAD AND SAY 'WHAT WAS I THINKING?'
* Ah yes, good ole bureaucracy.
We need more responsive government, not finger pointing at private industry. Please support the Army by contacting our representatives in Congress with the following message via email or telephone::
Georgia - Senator Chambliss
I am concerned about the high percentage of our oil that comes from foreign countries. Even in December, as the economy was contracting, we imported nearly 70 percent of the oil we used and paid over $19 billion for it.
I am very interested in the key aspects of the American Renewal and Reinvestment Act (H.R. 1) that include the promotion of alternative energy - wind, solar and the building out of a 21st century electrical transmission grid.
A Department of Energy study showed that developing our capacity to produce wind energy would not only replace 20 percent of the electricity we now produce using coal-burning plants, but would add 138,000 jobs in the first year and more than 3.4 million over a ten-year span.
But we can, and need to, do more. What's missing is the other part of the Pickens Plan - natural gas used as a vehicle fuel.
If we switch just 350,000 of the 6.5 million heavy trucks running on the nation's Interstate Highways to domestic natural gas from imported diesel, we could cut our oil imports by over five percent. In December alone that would have kept nearly $1 billion from being shipped off shore. But this legislation needs to go further to achieve that goal and to get more vehicles on the road that use clean and domestic natural gas.
I hope you will join me in supporting some of the components of the Pickens Plan and urge you to add others as H.R. 1 moves toward final passage.
CC: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell