Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Are Republicans Serious About Oil And Energy Independence?

In light of the recent news that crude oil prices have hit a new all-time record, the question rises: Do the Republicans have a plan for for America's over-dependence on oil?

Not only has our dangerous over-dependence on oil altered American's pocket books, but it has also destroyed our environment and rocked our nation's foreign policy. It is time America sets a new course of action in relationship to oil and invest in alternative fuel sources.

Tennessee deserves a U.S. Senator who is willing to stand up and fight on this issue, not one who will lay down and pander to the big oil companies. Harold Ford Jr. has already demonstrated that he will do just that. In July, Congressman Ford wrote a letter to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist urging him to reduce America's dependence on foreign oil and also released his own plan towards energy independence.

The issue of oil and energy independence is one of the most important issues not only facing Tennessee, but our nation. The Republicans control the House, the Senate, and the White House, yet are doing nothing about this serious problem. Even the current Republican candidates for U.S. Senate here in Tennessee seem to be disinterested in the issue.

This is not a Democratic or Republican issue--it is an American issue. It is a matter of national security in more ways than one and should be treated as such. One can only hope that the other side sees that soon before our dangerous addiction causes even more damage to our country.

Question of the day: Where do the Republican candidates for U.S. Senate in Tennessee stand on the issue of oil and energy independence and what are their plans for moving America forward on the issue?