We need an intelligent energy policy that should include not only development of our own petroleum products but incentives for new energy development.

The current administration seems bent on a policy of raising gasoline prices in order to make alternative energy more palatable. Their thinking is that in the long run, eventually we will be much better off with an alternative energy source.

However, they fail to realize that if we continue on this course of dependency on Middle Eastern oil and diminishing our own capacity, there may very well be no long run. The reason being is we are empowering the terrorists financially with our dependency and providing Iran with the time and resources it needs to develop nuclear weaponry.

This clearly emphasizes the need for a two-pronged approach that incentivizes innovation while rapidly cultivating our own energy independence.