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Obama vs. Reality

Even blue-sky goals fall short.

Fortnightly Magazine - February 2009

is joined to common purpose, and necessity to courage.”

Such determination and optimism are precisely what America needs right now. However, a national energy plan must account for the real-world laws of physics and economics, as well as politics. As Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told the National Press Club a few days after the inauguration, “[President Obama has] indicated repeatedly he wants to govern to the middle. In that effort some of his biggest problems may be with his own party in Congress.” Indeed, Obama might face problems from within his own base of supporters, who are expecting greater things from this president than any mortal is capable of delivering.

Nevertheless, the people who work in America’s energy industry are capable of being inspired to greatness, and responding to the challenge of “Yes we can!” They have plenty of imagination and courage, and they understand the necessity for energy security and environmental solutions. All they need now is an energy strategy that works in the real world.