It's been almost five years since we set out to get America the energy plan it deserves. One thing hasn't changed: the need for aggressive and effective energy leadership in Washington. Long story short -- we have no national energy plan.
Those like Mitt Romney who claim that the United States can achieve energy "independence" by 2020 or any other near-term date are only fooling themselves, and perhaps some elements of the American public.
Any expectations that ever-increasing supplies of energy will meet demand are destined to be disappointed. Instead, recurring shortages, rising prices, and mounting discontent are likely to be the thematic drumbeat of the globe's energy future.