Patriots and Consumers Must Level the Energy Playing Field!
Commissioner Tommy Adkisson
May 29, 2008

At this time of the year, we set aside Memorial Day to remember those who have died in our nation's service advancing the cause of freedom. Lest we on the home front forget the lessons of history though, we must be reliably energy sufficient. In World War II Hitler's army suffered because energy presented an obstacle to its ability to fuel vehicles and fight the war. Thank God! For the sake of peace however, we must resolve to fix our disgraceful energy dependence once and for all.

For years consumers have been sidelined whenever there is a serious discussion of our energy situation. In contrast with the "lambs to the slaughter" approach where we just sit back and pay whatever price is charged to us by members of OPEC (the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries), we must resolve to change the demand-supply equation in our favor. We must determine ways to attain energy sufficiency for our country by supporting renewable energy, conservation and efficiency as we continue our present reliance on conventional fuels.

America has a principally liquid fuel problem. To begin addressing this, we should engage grassroots organizations from churches to neighborhood associations to civic groups beginning with our own community through education and dialogue. Then we should consider ideas like a Manhattan Project or an Apollo Project to fast track our reaching the goal of domestic, clean, renewable and plentiful sources of energy.

Perhaps we should form an organization of U.S. Proponents for an Energy Competitiveness (USPEC) in our country. We should dedicate ourselves to the U.S. moving from a roughly 65% importer of foreign oil to becoming a net energy exporter by 2020 through energy efficiency, conservation, implementation of renewables and continued use at least for the time being, of conventional fuels!

As we think about the energy necessary to sustain our military strength as well as our economic competitiveness and the maintenance of our way of life and remember those who paid the ultimate price, I leave you with the fabled words of Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918) of the Canadian Army. Let us hold the torch high and never break faith with those who have died!

In Flanders Fields

IN FLANDERS FIELDS the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

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