Our energy supply infrastructure is in total disarray. We need to fix it.
Dear Pickens Plan members. I am proud to be an American and to live in a country that has so much to offer in entrepreneurial opportunity but it is a shame to have an energy supply system that is in such disarray. Our government is what we want it to be and it should do what we want it to do. The idea that privatization is always best for our country is wrong because privatization is too convoluted and limited in its scope when it comes to nationwide projects.
One thing our federal government can do best is to set nationwide standards that must be followed by private industry, state and local municipalities. It doesn’t need to spend our tax dollars in doing so, other than in appropriate studies to set the best and most effective goals and in educating the public. It could help raise the funds needed for the infrastructure through a new Federal Energy Bond issue with a good return on investment. Charge user fees to eliminate any tax burden.
We have the basic infrastructure in place to standardize our energy conduits and give us the choices we need to get us off foreign oil; use our roads and highway system to lay the electric and natural gas lines needed to supply energy to most businesses and residences in the U.S.A., underground wherever possible. It could also reward those who install their own independent systems and allow them to sell power to the grid if and when it’s needed. Limit foreign investment in National Security products.
It can mandate new NG only or dual fuel vehicles (including electric power) that run on these roads and begin phasing out gasoline and diesel vehicles through an exchange program that rewards conversions and substitutions. Think about this, no more smog checks needed every two years.
Our government is not working well because there are too many private industry interests and influences guiding our politicians, it’s time to put away government apathy and complacency and demand our government do what’s best for all Americans as individual citizens of this great country; fix our energy infrastructure and get us off foreign oil.
PS: For those of you who don’t want our federal government involved in our energy production you should be aware that it already is and it is subsidizing such with your tax dollars. Here’s a 2007 report from the EIA on the amount subsidized per Megawatt hour:
Coal $ .44 per MWh. Natural Gas $ .25 per MWh. Nuclear $ 1.59 per MWh. Biomass $ .89 per MWh. Geothermal $ .92 per MWh. Hydro $ .67 per MWh. Solar $ 24.34 per MWh. Landfill Gas $ 1.37 per MWh. Wind $ 23.37 per MWh.
As you can see natural gas is the cheapest, solar and wind power the most expensive.