March 19, 2011
John Rowe, CEO of utilities giant Exelon, talks to The Post's Steve Mufson about why America has failed to create an energy policy. We haven't had an energy policy in this country in the two decades I've been in the utility business. We've had fits and starts toward one, but never a cohesive policy. The left always wants more of the next generation technology. Wind and solar are the current favorites. The right wants more of the heavy industrial technologies — nuclear and coal particularly.
November 11, 2011
Retired Marine Gen. James Jones Former national security adviser; co-chair, Bipartisan Policy Center's Energy Project An excerpt from Washington Post Live's recent Smart Energy conference. America's energy policy today is largely the result of piecemeal attempts over five decades to answer tactical questions in response to contingencies and short-term market fluctuations. Private energy companies invest far less to create new technologies than other industries, partly because the scale of...
August 27, 2009 |
On two controversial issues set to come before Congress after their August recess -- a health-care overhaul and energy policy -- the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll finds public opinion sharply riven by partisan leanings. On energy, the political climate is far more favorable to the proposals coming from President Obama and the Democrats in Congress. About six in 10 say they back those changes, with a majority saying they approve of the way Obama is handling the issue. By contrast, 45 percent support the health care...
April 1, 2011 |
IN A SPEECH at Georgetown University this week, President Obama promised to slash America's dependence on foreign oil. Mr. Obama wants to produce more crude oil domestically, invest in biofuels, encourage the use of natural gas in vehicle fleets, and require cars and trucks to be more efficient. This sort of talk is politically appealing, especially when gasoline prices are up. But it's not the principle on which America's energy policy should turn. Oil prices reflect a world market, and, as the...
September 11, 2012 |
As each presidential campaign attempts to use energy as a wedge issue, it's worth noting that both candidates and parties rely on an "all of the above" approach to energy policy, even if they define it somewhat differently. In general, the GOP approach puts emphasis on fully developing coal, oil, natural gas and nuclear, and supports renewable energy primarily through private-sector investments, not government support. The Democrats' approach includes a greater emphasis on energy...
May 16, 2013 |
Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II on Thursday sketched the outlines of a comprehensive energy policy that would promote all available sources, from nuclear energy to biomass, while emphasizing the importance of coal and the pursuit of offshore oil. Cuccinelli, a Republican who is hoping to succeed Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R), is in a tight race with Terry McAuliffe, a former Democratic National Committee chairman and fundraiser who has touted his record...