Energy Plan Reaction: Affordable Energy is a Good Thing

The long-range shift in the energy policy from forcing Americans to use less energy to allowing suppliers to produce more energy, is good news for America’s working families, according to the Competitive Enterprise Institute.

WASHINGTON, DC, US, 2001-05-18 <> “The plan represents an important move away from the disastrous anti-energy policies of the last decade,” says Myron Ebell.”The Bush energy plan will turn America away from the increasingly painful path of sky-high gas prices, exorbitant heating and cooling bills, and rolling blackouts.” “The Administration should be congratulated for not giving in to the all-too-common idea that using energy is a sin, something to feel guilty about,” adds CEI president Fred Smith. “While no one wants to see energy being wasted, the safety and comfort that Americans enjoy every day depends on allowing a steady flow of affordable energy to Americans.” The proposal to increase subsidies for inefficient fuels and research designed to benefit particular industries, are both the least effective and the most costly aspects of the plan. “A successful energy plan must concentrate on removing barriers to production across the board and leave the relatively expensive alternatives to those Americans willing to pay for ineffective, feel-good toys.”

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