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Restraint necessary

April 20, 2012
The Leader Herald

Vice President Joe Biden recently accused Republicans in Congress of blocking progress in alternative energy such as wind and solar power. "They're emasculating all the efforts to deal with renewable energy," Biden claimed.

"Green" technology will be a key to President Barack Obama's re-election campaign, Biden added. More investment in alternatives is necessary, he maintained.

During the Obama administration, billions of dollars have been spent on renewables and energy conservation campaigns. The Recovery Act alone allotted more than $16 billion for the purpose.

Some of the money was wasted on boondoggles, including the $500 million poured into Solyndra, the California solar power company.

It's important to pursue viable alternative-energy programs, but it's also important to exercise spending restraint, especially on alternative-energy efforts that already have proven to be a waste of time and taxpayers' money.

The nation's energy policy should be productive and efficient.



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