Robert Bradley clearly lays out the options for our energy future: free-market energy or political energy. Unfortunately, it seems we have opted for the latter with all that entails.

Today, energy statism is driven largely by the overblown issue of climate change. In the name of a supposed need to “stabilize the climate,” energy planners at all government levels are restricting energy usage via mandates or tax policy. On the supply side, government promotes uneconomic “green” energy that is more expensive to both produce and transport and is less reliable than the energies that consumers would voluntarily choose. Meanwhile, federal laws lock up the large quantities of oil and gas on government land, off the east and west coasts, and in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Energy politicization will reach disastrous proportions if the U.S. Senate follows the House in voting for H.R. 2454, better known as the Waxman-Markey climate bill. This 1,428-page bill is an energy road to serfdom for America, and that is why it has become a rallying cry for the free-market community. Americans must stop the growth of politicized energy and move in the opposite direction of free-market energy. Nothing less than our industrial way of life is at stake.

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