Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) has published an opinion column titled We have an efficient, clean energy alternative. Here is a sample excerpt of a column that is really worth reading in its entirety, even if you have to look past some of the partisan rhetoric:
An energy policy that offers barriers instead of solutions, punishment instead of promotion or rests on hope rather than real answers is no strategy at all. We should not repeat a foolish history or let politics push us in a direction that perpetuates bad policies, harms our economy and damages our environment.
A nuclear renaissance is vital to maintaining a strong economy and ensuring that America has a clean, reliable source of abundant energy for decades to come.
If we can just convince people like Senator DeMint that energy is not a an appropriate Democrat versus Republican issue, we could make some serious progress.
Of course, both sides would have to agree to stop treating energy policy as a means of obtaining votes, and that is a challenge for those politicians needing contributions in order to finance their campaigns. After all, a controversy is far better for fundraising than a solution that meets most participant’s stated needs.