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Oklahoma energy secretary: U.S. needs honest discussion about energy

BY C. MICHAEL MING Published: March 18, 2012

DOE's track record isn't exemplary. The non-nuclear weapon portion of that agency is nothing short of a disaster. It is a gigantic political bureaucracy sorely in need of an overhaul and a significant reduction in size. Congress should closely scrutinize and re-evaluate the DOE and its budget.

Effective energy policy should be more than just additional federal regulations and mandates. We need energy policy that makes traditional energy smarter and more efficient instead of policy that strives to replace it at any cost.

A pragmatic policy starts with acknowledging the scale of traditional fuels, seeking substantial improvements in energy efficiency, working to practically integrate renewable energy into the grid and looking for synergies wherever possible.

The United States doesn't need policy that is idealistic; it needs policy that's realistic. Where Washington has failed to provide the leadership we need, states still can. Gov. Mary Fallin is doing exactly this with her comprehensive energy plan. Her sensible and pragmatic approach stands in stark contrast to the president's.

We need more intellectually honest discussion and smaller, smarter government. America deserves it.

Ming is Oklahoma's secretary of energy.


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