LETTER | A different perspective on energy policy
April 13, 2011 · 4:34 PM
I’m writing to suggest a different perspective on energy policy to that Mr. Jared proposed in the April 8 edition. It was “let the market decide” energy policy.
The energy needs of any country, especially ours, have national security implications. We have long known that dependence on foreign sources can be a problem. There is no denying that market competition under reasonable constraints has been the greatest producer of wealth in modern times. But the market is not capable of making the choices necessary for security interests and they shouldn’t be expected to. The government is going to have to be involved.
As an aside, a “grocery policy” can also have national interests for countries who depend on food imports and exports. We are among them.
Bob Thompson, Kirkland