Lack of a long-term energy strategy

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Problem Components
Policy issue area: Science
Policy issue: Resources
Description: Energy shortages threaten, because of long-term excessive demand and inadequate supply.
Symptoms: Despite massive drilling domestic oil production is static; natural gas and coal production only increases slightly; synthetic fuels remain noncompetitive; waste of energy remains high; remaining major source of cheap oil is the politically unstable Middle East (now the major source of the 52% import need).
Causes: Lack of a National Energy Policy; efforts to weaken the Department of Energy.
Cost of problem: -
Solution Components
Resources: Universities and research institutes; energy industry; Federal government.
Goal: Achieve energy sufficiency through promoting conservation, developing new resources, and reducing political instability in energy-producing countries.
Program area: Natural resources development
Program-remedy: 1. Restore budget cuts, and strengthen the programs of the Department of Energy
2. Fill the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, and plan for its distribution in an emergency
3. Continue increasing oil and natural gas production
4. Develop clean and safe ways to increase production and use of coal and nuclear energy
5. Develop a Pan American Energy Security Alliance, to diminish reliance on volatile Middle East sources
6. An oil import fee of $10 per barrel, to reduce consumption and help balance the budget.
Program-prevent: 1. Renew commitment to energy conservation, by providing incentives to home owners, business and industry
2. Increase R&D in solar, hydroelectric, geothermal and wind energy utilization
3. Provide incentives for a transition to renewable energy utilization
4. Support political development and stability in oil-producing countries.
Cost of program: -
Beneficiaries: Business and industry; other users of energy.

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