Having ties to the energy sector, I find it troubling that we are unable to achieve energy independence in this nation. The problem is less about our ability and more about our inhibitions. 1. Oil - We have lots. Let's get it while it's available and bridge the switch to something better. 2. Wind - Stop protests of windfarms. You can't argue that they are bad for the environment when compared to other options. 3. Solar - I'm shocked to say, but for some reason the liberals protest these too.... why? 4. Nuclear - Quite possibly the safest of plants, and clearly the most efficient, yet we don't build them because they are "bad". The reason we don't have the options we seek is that it would give large groups of people nothing to complain about. They would instead have to find jobs, something they aren't accustomed to. Further, Al Gore would not make money off his carbon offset credit scam, which is quite possibly the most brilliant scam I have seen in my lifetime.