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Issue 6 Positions

The US government should undertake a large-scale research and development program to achieve energy independence by the year 2030.

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The United States government should undertake a large-scale research and development program on the use of photovoltaic arrays to achieve energy independence for the US by the year 2030. I have not yet thought up a way to fund this program. However, I know whatever the cost would be, we would definatley make up for it in the money we would be saving by utilizing this system. babygirl13

There is no simple, one-step solution to energy independence for the United States. Such a massive undertaking requires better usage of current energy sources, which will help in weening America off of oil and onto a new energy source, hydrogen. As nearly a third of domestic energy use is through vehicles, our transportation fleet needs to redesigned to take advantage of newer and lighter materials to improve fuel economy. This will make the shift to hydrogen smoother, especially with fuel cell technology being designed to work with gasoline's hydrogen content. Funding inherently comes from the participation of the private sector and the money saved from lowering the dependence on foreign oil.
Plan for American Energy Independence, by Hybrido

Hybrido

The Government of the United States should take the responsibility of leading the world in the research and development of renewable and high-efficiency energy sources such as solar and fusion energy. The target for national energy independence is 2030. Independence means that the nation is no longer dependant upon foreign sources, like oil, for its energy demands. Appropriations should be made by Congress to this end, and drawn from the cutting of pork-barrel spending, private investment bonds made specifically for this program, a specialized tax on the energy sources we wish to sever ourselves from, such as gasoline and oil, and the normal appropriations process. The government shall conduct its own research as well as aid private industry's own research. Private industry shall follow the standard patenting proceedures involving government funded research, as an incentive to private sector development. Brick

The US Government should encourage alternative energy technologies through subsidies and special funding. As these technologies improve, their output will increase and their price will go down. Photovoltaics, while currently too expensive, will become a viable source of mass energy in the coming decades. Fuel cells should be subsidized by the government to encourage the development of the infrastructure until the price of them fall enough to make them commercially viable. A useful interim will be bioenergy such as ethanols and biodiesel, as minimal changes to today's infrastructure is needed to accomodate them. Measures to reduce consumption of fossil fuels should be taken and encouraged by the government primarily by taxation. ZanCRX

As we head into the 21st century, the future of the United States and our way of life depends on a stable and economical source of energy. There is only a finite supply of oil left for the world to exploit and the longer we remain dependent on foreign sources the harder and more devastating the effect of its eventual shortage will be. Events like the oil embargo of the 70's show how vulnerable our country is to fluctuations in oil production and prices. As tensions in the Middle East increase, energy from the region is becoming a liability, for without it, our nation couldn't fuction. Because of this, we should do whatever is necessary to become energy independent.

There are many alternatives to fossil fuels such as solar and wind energy, and hydrogen fuel cells. To the genral public, cost has always been the problem in implimenting these types of energy sources, so to encourage the usage of alternative fuels, money spent investing in alternative fuels and hybrid cars could be used as tax deductions. Also, to help further research on these systems, which would eventually lower the cost for consumers, extra fees and taxes could be laid on people who still use typical gasoline powered cars and machinery and also on the manufacturers. While doing this all at once would cause severe problems, gradual passage of stricter regulations and taxes over the time period between now and 2030 would make this possible.

ShinyKobold


As we move into the future it is definitely time to start thinking about making our energy sources more efficient. The inefficient fossil fuels technology has been used for over 100 years. A new form of fuel needs to be put into circulation, and that fuel should be water and nuclear fusion. How would we fund nuclear fusion? Put the money being spent on fuel cells into the space program... Helium-3, the required ingredient for clean, efficient, no by-product fusion is not located on earth due to its atmosphere, but is abundant on the moon. It has been valued at over 250 million dollars per pound. The He-3 would be sold off to researchers who would research how to make the fusion happen, and the proceeds would go towards developing an efficient electrolysis - combusion engine. Petroleum is the backbone of this country. Without it, the country would grind to a halt: no cars, airplanes, or trains. It is high time that we shift our dependence from the Middle East and Russia to become self dependent.

Bizpafoof


America's Energy Independence ~ CastorTroy

Energy Independence for America: Independence From Oil

themis

American Energy: Future Initiatives by EchoZero


Types of alternate fuel and the efforts of the government FlemDogg


The need for Energy Independence by sammy


Free the United States rough draft by Ingue86


The Pursuit of Energy Happiness by JoeCool


Usernames of people who will address this issue:
babygirl13
Brick
ShinyKobold
JoeCool
Whyllus
ZanCRX
Hybrido
Ingue86
sammy
Bizpafoof
EchoZero
FlemDogg
CastorTroy