Department of Energy Turns 30, But There’s Little to Celebrate
Date: Sunday, October 14, 2007 @ 23:19:51 GMT
Topic: General

This week, the Department of Energy (DOE) is celebrating its 30th anniversary. I hope they hold it down. There is not much to cheer about. When creation of the department was first bruited, the United States was importing 30 percent of its oil needs. Now it imports 60 percent. Keep the champagne on ice. Over the course of its history, DOE has spent hundreds of billions of dollars with little to show for it. If, as President Jimmy Carter envisioned upon creating the department, it was supposed to improve energy supplies, it has failed absolutely.

I believe, but do not know, that DOE has succeeded in the stewardship and renewal of the nation's nuclear weapons stockpile. While the genius of the national labs is uncontested, so is the duplication of their effort and their own bulwarks against reform. Do we need so many of them? Is something learned by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado, studying hybrid vehicles, when they are being studied in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, at the National Transportation Laboratory? And why is government investing in technologies that are established in the market? - Source
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