Give Thanks and Empower Citizens with an Energy Policy

Thanksgiving is a unique American holiday where we take a break and consider how fortunate we are as a nation and as citizens. This year Thanksgiving follows closely a difficult and sometimes divisive election. It wasn’t always pretty but there is much as a nation we agree on. Perhaps while we count our blessings we can also consider how together we might move forward.

Creating a national energy policy is a concept we agree on in theory but it will take some work to put a workable plan together, writes Roy Willis, president and CEO of the Propane Education & Research Council, in this column that ran in TheBlaze.

A September survey of 1,000 adults found that more than 80 percent of Americans want their political leaders to develop a policy on domestic energy sources. Those surveyed said that it was important that we do this for the future of our nation. And they said a national policy can lead to energy security, job creation, and lower prices at the pump.

Broadly put, many would like to see an ‘all of the above’ policy that expands the development of domestic fuels while growing the use of sources like wind and solar power, Willis notes.

“The challenge is how to efficiently encourage alternative fuels on a tight budget,” Willis writes. “In nations where alternative fuels have gained sustainable market share it is through policies that reward consumers, usually by reduced road and sales taxes on motor fuel. Rather than trying to pick winners and losers by law, they empower consumers to choose the alternative fuel that best meets their needs.”

Check out Roy’s Let’s Remember That ‘All of the Above’ Energy Policy column here.

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