Solving the energy crisis: Expanding nuclear energy is a good first step

Posted on 23 October 2008 by Adam Ryback

One of the most hotly contested issues in the political arena is the energy crisis. Since the Carter administration American politicians, economists and scientists have been racking their brains trying to improve America’s energy efficiency. It is common knowledge that gas prices have been soaring over the past few years but they are now steadily dropping below the three dollar barrier.

However, this is only temporary relief. In fact, gas prices are falling not because the economy is getting back to normal but because it is getting worse. When the economy is bad, people can’t afford the luxuries they would like. Consequently, they cut back on everything except their necessities. So people will avoid driving as much as possible. When people don’t drive as much, there is obviously more gas. And then prices drop. Therefore, we still have an energy crisis.

So how should we go about solving this crisis? Barack Obama advocates a policy of proper tire inflation as one of his solutions to solve the greatest energy crisis to ever face America. (He should’ve saved that one for the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Dinner). John McCain advocates just about everything. There is probably not a single energy policy he does not support.

Although there is in fact no clear cut way to determine the best way to solve our crisis, I think we can all agree that until there are better alternatives, we should go with what works. Since the 1970s, nuclear energy has steadily become a serious contender in the American energy market. It cuts down on pollution and energy bills.

Keep in mind that a focus on natural gas and off-shore drilling is still necessary and vital to our country’s economic survival, while solar and wind power have a smaller impact on our energy situation than Tom Tancredo has on the presidential election. For those of you who don’t know, Tom Tancredo is no longer running. For those of you who don’t believe my statements on solar and/or wind power, look up the statistics. It is a fact that nuclear energy is a serious contributor in America’s energy sphere, despite its lack of serious support in Washington.

Now I am not advocating a socialist, TVA-like government program in which the government takes control of the industry. I am merely proposing a plan in which the government takes away restrictions on nuclear power and lets capitalism work its magic. There is actually no magic about it. With an increase in nuclear power production, energy bills for houses can go down. Then when energy costs go down and nuclear energy is made more available, nuclear energy will be obviously be more accessible. And it will be cheap and abundant in our country. Hybrid cars will become a reality, specifically for city commuters. Think of its possible impact on city commuters and on college campuses like Marquette University, which are so deeply tied to the city.
Once these changes are made, our country can finally become truly energy independent. We will produce our own energy and no longer be reliant upon other countries for our survival. And most importantly, foreigners will no longer dictate what we pay for energy.

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