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Monday, September 17th, 2007

In the same way that our lungs cannot be separated from the air we breathe, our national energy policy has not been able to be separated from the energy we use. For the past 200 years our energy policy has been based upon depleting non-renewable, carbon based, natural resources. This is institutionalized within our government and existing energy policy and all of our laws, rules and regulations. It is a multi-trillion dollar business. The problem is, after breathing 200 years of carbon based fuels, our planet needs a new set of lungs and some clean air.

I propose that a DEPARTMENT OF RENEWABLE ENERGY be created for the exclusive purpose of dramatically reducing carbon based fuels in the United States and that legislation be enacted to guarantee that non-depleting, renewable, natural resources (such as solar, wind, and ocean power) be exempt from licensing and taxation by the United States government, the exact opposite from how our existing energy policy for depleting carbon based natural resources functions today. I would then get out of the way and let the free market economy do its thing. There will be an explosion of innovation and problem solving, and the United States will be looked upon as a leader in ending global warming and bringing peace to our planet. And what a breath of fresh air that would be!  If this does not happen we face a future in which the Department of the Interior will be auctioning off our natural, renewable, resources to giant corporations such as Mobil.