Energy Is Today's Railroad: It Will Change Everything

Pass the energy bill as a first step
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 30, 2010 9:16 AM CDT
Energy Is Today's Railroad: It Will Change Everything
Don't stand in the way of progress, says David Brooks.   (AP Photo/Tweetsie Railroad)

(Newser) – Unleash the "energy revolution," writes David Brooks today, making his pitch for the Kerry-Lieberman-Graham bill. It's imperfect, but an essential start. "Energy innovation is the railroad legislation of today," he argues, and if the US wants to remain the world's "pre-eminent nation," it needs a fundamental overhaul of how it thinks and invests.

"You get the sense that this country is straining against the leash, eager for a new wave of energy development," writes Brooks in the New York Times. "There will be excess, stupidity and greed along the way. But it would be simply amazing if, through some set of narrow political gamesmanship, Washington continued to stand in the way of all this." (Read more energy bill stories.)

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