Saturday, October 1, 2011

More on our deficient energy policies

The WSJ has an interview with the discoverer of the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota, Harold Hamm.  According to Hamm, with the right energy policies, the United States could be "completely energy independent by the end of the decade. We can be the Saudi Arabia of oil and natural gas in the 21st century."

I think he's right, but his description of a meeting with the President is not encouraging:
"I told him of the revolution in the oil and gas industry and how we have the capacity to produce enough oil to enable America to replace OPEC. I wanted to make sure he knew about this." The president's reaction? "He turned to me and said, 'Oil and gas will be important for the next few years. But we need to go on to green and alternative energy. [Energy] Secretary [Steven] Chu has assured me that within five years, we can have a battery developed that will make a car with the equivalent of 130 miles per gallon.'"