(By Kelly Sloan, '76 Contributor) Looking at the Department of the Interior’s decision not to list the greater sage grouse as endangered, one is initially tempted to celebrate, knowing the ruinous consequences that such listings
As a single mom budgeting for energy costs, my blood pressure just went up a little higher. The Farmer’s Almanac recently released its latest prediction: This winter will be colder, and the 2015 summer will be hotter. That means higher energy costs in my family budget.
Food stamps have never been more popular, economic growth is in the doldrums, average household income remains in a slump, the work force is still shrinking, a third of everyone between 18 and 34 is living with parents, often as a means of rent rescue, and President Barack Obama wants to make things worse.
The boom in American natural-gas production during the past several years, and the consequent crash of domestic natural-gas prices, has caused many to call for the liberation of U.S. natural-gas exports.
Back in the late 1970’s, in the era of gas lines, when some of my friends would get up early to sell doughnuts to those waiting in line, Bob Hope was in a TV commercial holding up a piece of shale that was on fire. He talked about the vast deposits of shale in the United States that could be used to supply energy in the future.
Among the more prominent contentions in contemporary politics are the issues of energy and environment. It is easy to see why energy is such a central issue – energy, and access to it, is the foundation of any economy, and therefore neatly reflects the contrasting economic arguments posed by the various camps.