America's Energy Manifest Destiny

Editorial argues that America's energy destiny can't be left to Washington.

Published: 22-Feb-2002

If Americans learn a common lesson from Sept. 11, the Enron scandal, and US rejection of the Kyoto treaty on global warming, it is that the problem of energy can't be left to Washington.

The federal government helped build and now maintains a highly centralized, fossil-fuel-dependent system of energy that is too vulnerable to terrorism, corporate corruption, and bureaucratic inflexibility.

Here's why:

All three of those events from last year should have altered the debate over energy. But they haven't much, at least in Washington, despite calls to tie national security to energy policy.



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