2. ENERGY POLICY
American energy policy should be based on self-reliance, and on cleaner use of coal.
Coal is a plentiful source of energy, and we have the new technology to make burning coal safe, more efficient, and more environmentally friendly.
Our oil policy should be to avoid helping OPEC. American import statistics from oil-exporting countries should be kept secret--we should not enforce their quotas or provide information to the enforcers of OPEC quotas. We should get American troops out of the Middle East and quit disrupting oil production in the Middle East. Further exploration of oil should be encouraged.
Nuclear power should be carefully regulated and inspected. Used nuclear fuels should be recycled. In America, where nuclear power production has been carefully regulated and inspected, we have been able to avoid mishaps, and reduce the cost of electricity with nuclear power. Although coal-producing Kentucky is unlikely to desire nuclear power plants, regulations should be so that new nuclear power plants should be available to those states where they are wanted.
New forms of energy such as ethanol, geothermal energy, and wind power should be encouraged.
Since coal is a major product of Kentucky, the Kentucky members of Congress should help the coal industry to modernize and provide more energy to America in the future.