President Bush recently decided to put forward a break-through "Energized Plan" for preventing the country from facing a grim future by proposing to drill for oil and gas in public lands and also rejuvenating the nuclear industry by researching newer methods of re-processing nuclear waste and starting up new plants. The major controversy apart from the proposal itself is that the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska would now be open to oil and gas drilling operations. The whole planned bill has been seen as an effort to boost the production in the US to supposedly reduce the dependence on foreign oil. The bill also proposes a drastic cut in the conservation programs and renewable energy benefits.
I find this extremely amusing that in a day and age when CONSERVATION is the way forward, the politicians would propose something that is extremely short sighted. As Rep. Strama had mentioned in class today, the democrats greatly oppose this view and focus more on turning the page and coalesing the existing technologies with the renewable one's so that both industries could benefit and thereby reduce our impact on the environment.