Powering America At Home With the escalation in rhetoric from the radical Iranian president, threatening to destroy Israel and retaliate economically or militarily against any other infidel nation that attempts to de-rail Irans drive toward nuclear weaponry, the apparent worry for many Americas became, not annihilation but rather the resulting cost of gasoline. For the priority-challenged, this thought. Once radiated to a crisp, or otherwise deceased, the price of gas becomes a far lesser concern. But were an Iranian oil embargo to occur, aided by supply reductions from sympathetic OPEC brethren, causing our fuel prices to sky-rocket, even beyond last years post-hurricane levels, the financial impact on individual Americans, and the nations economy as a whole, could be devastating. Given this threat, were, at last, hearing meaningful calls to reduce our dependence on Mid-East oil, and even to cut back on our oil use entirely. The reality is that we must do both. Last week, President Bush referred to our increasingly more urgent need to decrease our addiction to oil. Reducing oil dependence means expanding the use of existing energy sources, along with more aggressive research into renewable and alternative fuels. Regarding existing sources, its long-past time we deep-six the false fears and re-start new construction of nuclear power plants. Only 20-percent of current U.S. electrical power is nuclear-generated. Nuclear is clean, safe, cost-efficient, and best of all, its here and operational. All we need do is to make more use of it, and that we must. For vehicular use, research and implementation continues, with alternatives such as fuel cells and ethanol, the latter being alcohol, derived primarily from corn, blended with gasoline. In fact, Congressman Jack Kingston has already introduced bi-partisan-backed legislation that would provide incentives for the increased development and use of both ethanol and hybrid vehicles. And then, of course, theres always solar and wind power, the love-off-spring of the post-70s environmentalist fringe. Anti-combustion, anti-nuke, anti-anything that isnt a sunflower seed. Tell you what, when large numbers of these do as we say, not as we do folks finally slap solar panels all over their homes, erect windmill farms in their own yards, and trade in their guzzlers for tiny cars a circus clown would envy, then, perhaps, the rest of us might actually begin taking them more seriously. To decrease our dependence on oil from unstable nations, we have solutions, here at home and near-by. For starters, we need to begin the high-tech, environmentally-sensitive harvesting of the abundant crude held beneath a very small portion of Alaskas very huge National Wildlife Refuge. Unbelievably, in late 2005, Congress buckled, yet again, to the caribou commandos, choosing the environmentalists self-centered agenda over the far greater well-being and security needs of the nation. We must halt this ecco foolishness and begin drilling in ANWR now! And to further Americas oil self-sufficiency, we must increase drilling sites well-off our Atlantic, Pacific and Gulf coasts, applying the modern methods needed to keep tourist beaches pristine. Among our best, close-by, crude oil sources: Mexico, and especially the vast, now-more-feasible-to-process, sand oil deposits, abundant in Western Canadas Alberta Province. With about 5-percent of the worlds population, the U. S. uses over 25-percent of the worlds oil, importing over 50-percent of it. While half of our imports come from nations in this hemisphere, fully a third still comes from the Persian Gulf region. One of our prime energy goals, in the words of President Bush, is to make our dependence on Middle-Eastern oil a thing of the past, and to break (that) addiction, through technology. Incentives for private industry, cutting-edge research, and American innovation will produce the energy solutions we seek. We must cease energy policies driven by environmental zealots, or one day we may not be driving at all. The caribou will be fine. Its time we stop catering to the obstructionists and start accelerating the nation-securing, nation-preserving mandate to power America here at home. Found this and thinks it makes a lot of sence what about you?