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We have all bemoaned the current crop of Republican candidates who seem to have no interest in campaigning for a unified “Contract for America” kind of platform. I would cheerfully settle for a smaller “Contract” centered around select modules. Here’s one: Energy
Republicans should be campaigning for energy supply to go way up, and done simply enough. Here’s the proposed platform:
1: Make all permitting on government lands no more onerous or time-consuming than permitting for the nearest successful private oil or gas extraction deposit. If necessary, changes the incentives for the Deep State on this issue: if permits do not flow at the same rate, the department is moved to North Dakota.
2: Do the same thing with new refineries or refinery capacity, as well as LNG terminals.
3: Approve all pipelines that meet or exceed the hoops the Keystone already jumped through. And any new pipeline projects must be approved with no more hoops or delay than for the nearest comparable private pipeline. Or the relevant Deep State is moved to South Dakota.
4: Pass a law that the total taxes on gas at the pump (or at the household) cannot exceed the profit shown by the oil/gas companies that extracted it. The government does nothing to provide that gas; why should it make more money than the companies that actually do all the work? If the taxes are higher than the profits, then the federal gas tax must automatically ratchet down accordingly.
5: Fast-track the new nuclear programs like this one. Change the incentives on the permitting process across the board: if the relevant agencies (federal only – the states will have their own issues) do not issue permits as quickly as they did during the last five years for coal/gas/oil power plants, then the permitting process will be outsourced to private companies that are incentivized for rapid response.
That would be a great start!Published in