The idea of oil "independence" understandably appeals to Americans. But at some point America's leaders must recognize the physical evidence indicates the alleged "energy revolution" is likely to be merely a relatively short-term bump.
The efforts to stymie the president in his agenda to improve our health standards through EPA regulations have been spearheaded by monied influences-not only in the presidential race -- but down the ticket as well.
Congressional Republicans assure us they would never dispose of our major national parks, yet they have introduced bills that would make some national monuments and wildlife refuges eligible for energy exploitation, if not outright purchase.
There is a raging battle going on in this country over whether we use our resources to benefit the haves or to protect those who don't have as much as the most wealthy among us. It is now Hillary Clinton's turn to pick a side.
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.
The heated rhetoric we've been exposed to since the health care reform debate began has obscured the harsh realities of a system that failed to meet the needs of millions of Americans. Last year's reform law is a start to fixing that.
Instead of creating jobs and growing the economy, the Republicans are re-fighting the battles of a year ago and trying to take us back to the days when insurance companies had a stranglehold on our health care.