The problem with the current energy debate is that on the one hand, the right’s solutions will keep the economy humming for the next twenty years after which there will be a massive energy crisis.
On the other hand, the left’s solutions will crash the economy today with the well-intentioned goal of transitioning the American economy from a fossil-fuel-based one to a green one.
Both sides have some good ideas, but in totality their policies are both too doctrinaire. The right, for the most part, refuses to consider policies that support green energy, while the left refuses to expand domestic extraction of fossil fuels that might ease the transition to a green economy.
The problem with the right, as I see it, is that it simply does not have a dog in the clean energy fight. As a result, the right can only oppose clean energy policies because few have educated themselves on the benefits and pitfalls of this alternative.
The end result is that the left owns this issue. While many on the left know what they are talking about, others do not.
The danger is that the right cannot tell the difference.
This ignorance is a major problem, because some on the left who have no clue about clean energy have a great deal of political power. Witness the witless Nancy Pelosi in her interview on Meet the Press in August 2008 when she proposed replacing fossil fuels with…wait for it…a fossil fuel.
Of course, natural gas is a fossil fuel, but notice how Tom Brokaw did not bother to challenge her on her multiple and misguided assertions on this topic.
The right needs a dog in this fight before it is too late.