Side note: Between the economic news, spending too much time on The Oil Drum, and listening to David Copperfield on audiobook as I walk home from work each night, things have gotten a bit gloomy. If you have any suggested books, movies, or websites that are more cheerful let me know (or if Copperfield's situation improves as I get in to the book, let me know -- just don't give me too much data to spoil the story)
If you are tired of the "Drill, Baby, Drill" approach to energy policy that has been offered up recently, I want to pass on two alternative viewpoints.
The first is also highly political. Just as "Drill, Baby, Drill" originated from the Republican convention this year, Montana governor, Brian Schweitzer, engaged the Democratic convention this year. YouTube has the entire speech, if you would like to hear it (as it is the entire speech it is highly political, so viewer be warned). Notice that he doesn't call for us to stop drilling completely -- they have increased the amount of energy extraction in Montana. (and yes, I hate his use of the term energy independence)
Those looking for something less political might want to turn to the good folks at Google. Yes, the company that helped us find our way through the Internet now has their own energy plan for the US.
I am glad I don't have to write the energy policy for the US. But I know that we need one. We waited too long to deal with Wall St. We can't afford to wait too late to deal with this issue.