We need to end the determination of our energy policies by Big Oil who would undermine any attempt we make to free ourselves from our dependence on petroleum.
Government needs to impose a cap on carbon pollution, which will facilitate the transition to clean energy and end our dependence on dirty fossil fuels. By placing a cap on carbon pollution, we can stimulate the economy by creating thousands of jobs that can’t be shipped overseas and we can put our country on the path towards economic recovery. It would also mean lower electricity bills. The climate crisis cannot wait and we cannot allow the big polluters to continue to hold us hostage to an outdated technology because of their short-sighted greed when there are much better, cleaner alternatives that can be utilized and developed.
Corruption in government by industry, aided by corporate-owned media, however, subverts any sensible solutions to the energy crisis. Rather than pass laws favoring alternative energy, rein in the oil industry through regulation, and cut off corporate welfare, our elected officials continue to disregard the negative impact on the environment and to our health, instead favoring big polluters. In not pursuing alternative clean energy sources, continuing to grant subsidies and drilling permits to the oil industry, accepting payoffs, and doing their bidding, government continues to cede its authority to determine our energy policy over to Big Oil. This is like letting the wolf tend the sheep. Their greed for profits will always win out over climate considerations.