Energy Independence is a mixed bag -- both good and bad energy policy ideas are promoted under its banner. The bad outweighs the good, and in any event energy independence shouldn't supplant free markets as the overarching principle for sound energy policy.
Posted by Ben Lieberman, on April 2, 2010 10:51 AM
Of course, total energy independence cannot be fully achieved, but there are many good reasons (security of energy supplies and costs to the economy among them) to reduce the U.S. dependence on imported oil.
Posted by Donald F. Boesch, on April 1, 2010 3:34 PM
The concept of energy independence is usually oversimplified in most political and media discussions. Given the globalization of the economy and the global trade in several key energy sources, a country would have to be exceptionally isolated from its neighbors to have a truly insulated energy system.
Posted by Lars G. Josefsson, on April 1, 2010 3:41 AM