The marketplace is the best stimulator of new and improved technologies and energy discovery and access.
The term “energy independence” has become code for government subsidy and government management of energy choices. The United States is already capable of energy independence, through an array of nuclear, coal, natural gas, petroleum, solar and wind energy, and privately produced and privately purchased technologies that reduce consumption. A more free global trade in energy of all kinds should be pursued, yet this will require the foreign policy George Washington advocated, of free trade with all, and entangling alliances with none. I will seek to eliminate the Department of Energy, and return the very useful investigational and statistics work done there to universities throughout the various states.
I support free trade in energy, and oppose energy subsidies of any kind, including energy subsidies for concentrated and land-inefficient wind and solar farms.