The new team at the Department of Energy, under Secretary Ernie Moniz, is going to be faced with these realities - which the Beltway has been in deep denial of in the face of a very sophisticated oil industry propaganda campaign.
During the course of the Obama Administration under Energy Secretary Steven Chu, the Department of Energy has almost totally abdicated its responsibility to the day-today consumers of energy. But the latest news of its flubs goes even beyond that.
Finally, President Obama has done what he should have done long ago, and what he promised he would do during his campaign. He is releasing 30 million barrels of oil and sending the speculators running for the hills.
Certainly the benefits and risks inherent in a nuclear energy program are enormous. But such a program is important for the nation's future when all is said and done, in spite of the current reaction to events in Japan.