OPINION: Steve Forbes in Politico and Rep. Fred Upton in the Detroit News Discuss A Tale of Two Energy Policies

March 2, 2011

Obama repeating Carter's mistakes
By: Steve Forbes
March 2, 2011

You need to watch only a few minutes of cable news analysis to realize just how ludicrous our national energy policies have become. As escalating tensions and chaos unfold in Egypt, Libya and other Middle Eastern nations, one energy analyst suggested that if Libyan oil supplies were to fail, the United States would rely on Saudi Arabia for its oil needs. If that statement alone doesn't put U.S. leaders on red alert, the looming national energy crisis may soon become reality.

The Obama administration is repeating the mistakes of President Jimmy Carter's failed energy policies, which marred his term and stigmatized the 1970s. They are leading us straight into another national energy disaster. Read more…

*FLASHBACK*

The Gipper's energy lesson
By: U.S. Rep. Fred Upton
February 5, 2011

Many will use the 100th anniversary of Ronald Reagan's birth this Sunday, February 6, to reflect on his accomplishments as president. Winning the Cold War and reviving the economy will get most of the attention, and both achievements merit their place in the history books.

Yet Americans should also remember the very first thing Reagan addressed after taking office: energy policy.

I had the great privilege of working for President Reagan, and his successful, free-market approach to energy offers important lessons for today's energy debate and its consequences for economic growth and job creation. Reagan inherited all the energy policy mistakes of the 1970s - a decade in which every energy challenge was met with ill-advised federal programs and mandates. Read more…

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