Washington (AP) A group of 27 former cabinet members, white house aides and lawmakers are warning congress and both presidential candidates that the country is driving head on into “a long-term energy crisis.”
The bipartisan group, which includes Henry Kissinger and Colin Powell, wrote in a letter that the U.S. “must re-examine outdated and entrenched positions” and politicians must rise above partisan differences.
The letter urges lawmakrs to aggressively promote energy efficiency and reduce consumption. It suggests increasing commitments to nuclear and renewable energy sources, making coal more environmentally acceptable and moving transportation away from oil as a fuel.
the open letter was the idea of the Institute for 21st Century Energy which has embraced largely republican, pro-business approaches to dealing with energy problems. But the institute's president says there's an “energy tsunami” coming and the U.S. had better be on top of it or risk getting crushed by it.