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Unformatted text preview: Joseph Wallace Soc 134G Professor Clemencon 5/23/11 Take Home Assignment #2 Considering all the problems in the world, there is no predicament more overwhelming, baffling, controversial, and more needed than a US energy policy. Its complexities run the gambit from individuals recycling their garbage, using less fossil fuel, becoming locavores, to the use of nuclear power. The opinions on this matter are polarized, sometimes political, and varied to the extreme. It is certainly a worldwide problem and one, if ignored, that could lead to the extermination of the planet. On March 30, 2011, President Obama outlined his energy policy. He said that America imports eleven million barrels of oil per day and proposed that we cut this importation by one-third in the next decade. He proposed producing more oil domestically and even with the ominous, nuclear disaster in Japan, Obama stated the need for safe, nuclear facilities. He is in favor of alternative fuels and specifically mentioned wood chips, switch grass, and ethanol. Speaking to a mostly student population at Georgetown University, the president asked his audience to dream big. In typical Obama style, he spoke of unbridled optimism. The debate is ongoing. Thomas Friedman, an opinion writer for The New York Times and author of Hot, Flat, and Crowded, discussed our need for an energy policy. He writes of the obvious need for change in our country that is being thwarted by the political stalemate that is taking place in congress and the senate. The conflicting ideologies of republicans and democrats are preventing our country from moving forward to a time that could one day see a sustainable way of life. He personally faults the republicans that will not put aside their parties standards and agree to an environmental policy that would have the United States leading the way to create a cleaner way of life. In addition, Friedman believes that China is leading the way in clean technology as we continue to support oil-holding countries that are often hostile to our interests instead of sprouting change in our own country (1). The United States has the resources to do anything and make changes; yet, progress continues to go nowhere as politicians fail to fight for the bigger, more important picture. Many of the articles discussing Obamas actions towards the energy plan have highlighted the impact of drilling for oil on our own territories and importing oil. The rise of gas prices is on the minds of everyone. Obama once told the nation that we must cut our dependence on foreign oil and focus on alternative forms of energy. However, with the price of energy rising and the US economy struggling and needing cheap forms of energy, Obama has shifted his stance and has asked Saudi Arabia to produce more oil (2). He has also told the Brazilian government that we would aid them in their expansion of oil drilling. These ideas are coming from the same president who has tried to shut down deep water drilling and expansion of possible oil sites (3). the same president who has tried to shut down deep water drilling and expansion of possible oil sites (3)....
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