Winning the Future Under the Next Administration

05/12/2008 12:00 am EST

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Newt Gingrich

Former Speaker, US House of Representatives

Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the US House of Representatives, remains optimistic about the future, believing that one of the greatest moments in American history is coming up—the opportunity to create an energy policy that will free us from dependence on outside oil.

Our previous policies, Gingrich noted, have deliberately reduced our production capabilities, by nationalizing our offshore resources, resulting in higher than necessary fuel prices. At the same time, our global neighbors are taking advantage of every opportunity to find and mine new offshore fields and advance their technology to a greener level.

Our technological advances already mean that Americans use less oil than we did 20 years ago. And with 27% of the world’s known reserves of coal, we should be working on methods to burn it in a way that is cleaner and more environmentally safe.

Gingrich called for an energy policy targeting lower prices, and even suggested the best way to do this is by cutting the Department of Energy by 80% and put the money into the hands of the private sector to develop a winning plan.

Wrapping up his speech, Gingrich commented that we are in the early stages of fundamental change in government, comparable to the 1800s. The gap between the world that works and one that fails is getting bigger. And we need to close that gap.

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