Boone Pickens should be commended for his leadership on American energy security, and for bringing Ted Turner along on some sensible approaches to enhancing it. (See their article in today’s Wall Street Journal.)
Specifically, it makes sense to tap the nation’s vast on-shore and off-shore natural-gas reserves for the purpose of weaning our trucks and government and corporate fleets from petroleum — much of which is imported from places that exhibit a slavish devotion to sharia, Chavismo, or some other ideology seeking our destruction.
If combined with the adoption of an Open Fuel Standard for automobiles sold in America — which would enable them to run on ethanol (from cellulosic or other sources), methanol (which can be produced from anything with carbon in it), or gasoline — the United States could dramatically reduce its reliance on foreign oil. Better yet, as a practical matter, such a U.S. standard would become an international one, affording as many as 100 other nations the opportunity in relatively short order to power their transportation sectors without relying on OPEC and its friends.
By denying hostile oil-rich nations the favorable market position they currently enjoy, we can not only prevent the further transfer of inordinate wealth to actual or prospective enemies; we also stand a chance of undermining their economies and defeating their hateful ideologies. Those are indeed the right new priorities for America.
– Frank Gaffney is the founder and president of the Center for Security Policy.