Two Year U.S. Presidential Campaign and Energy Policy: Verbal Hot Air and No Substance23 Nov

The U.S. presidential election campaign dragged on for nearly 2 years and raised approximately $2B. Here is a list of energy issues that received almost no discussion:

High gasoline prices

Export of home heating oil

The low level of proved U.S. oil reserves

Potentially unsafe U.S. nuclear power plants

Problem with nuclear waste

Declining U.S. oil production (i.e., Peak Oil)

Escape from crude oil dependency

The futility of crude oil conservation in the United States

U.S. energy policy

Exporting U.S. oil products: Selling America’s energy security

Marginal growth of U.S. wind and solar technologies

Export of home heating oil

U.S. military and clean energy

Shale gas reserves

Energy subsidies

And…saving the best till last, Global warning

Conclusion: Given its current tedious time span and obscene levels of campaign contributions leading to candidate indebtedness (i.e. corruption), the U.S. presidential election process mostly benefits the news media (i.e., “talking heads”), pollsters and advertisers. A national coherent energy policy was not one of the presidential campaign outcomes, this after 2 years and nearly $2B.

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