Interesting op ed piece this week from The Huffington Post as Scott Bittle and Jean Johnson frame a series of questions aimed at President Obama and his political rival in the upcoming election, Mitt Romney.
Calling it “The Question Project“, Bittle and Johnson state in the piece that “we have some questions on energy — basic, fundamental ones — that we believe people running for office should answer clearly and directly. In this instance, voters deserve to know much more about exactly how President Obama and Governor Romney aim to meet and insure the country’s energy needs now and in the future. Candidates for Congress and governor should be answering these questions as well.”
Well put. There is a recurring theme to the questions, of course, mainly: what’s the plan?
There is more global competition for limited resources from rapidly expanding economies likes China and India than ever before. A climate change problem that we have yet to fully commit to ending is getting worse as the we sluggishly react with half-hearted conservation efforts and shifting, negligible energy policies.
It will take many years to get new energy sources off the ground (and billions of dollars in both government and private funds), so the time to formulate a long-term solution to a problem that’s not going away is now.
2012 is the year to ask the presidential candidates exactly what their administration will do about the energy crisis, and hold them to their solutions when the time comes.
Check out the full piece from Huffington Post here and feel free to add your own energy-related questions for the candidates here.