Perhaps Corker and Alexander are concerned that any Obama appointee might want to shut down more coal fired plants than TVA has scheduled. It’s no secret that Obama wants to do away with coal as an energy resource regardless of the cost to the taxpayer or the economy.
It makes no difference if you are a liberal, a conservative or whatever party you represent, the simple truth is we are broke! The only goal we can afford to pursue is energy independence with existing technology to develop our own sufficient resources such as coal, natural gas, and oil. Nuclear energy facilities take too long to develop and current renewable resources are an economic joke. Virtually every renewable start-up in the last 4 years has failed with most bankrupting to the tune of some $80 billion of taxpayers’ money. Gasohol is the most proven renewable energy source; but, after 40 odd years of taxpayer subsidy dollars, only countries like Brazil that use sugar cane have made it economically feasible.
We have the means to become energy independent within North America in the foreseeable future. The petro dollars we will save from imports will enable us to develop more economically feasible renewable energy resources through improved technology. In the last 10 years we have spent more than enough money to be energy independent by now or in the very near future, but we continue to put the cart before the horse by wasting money on unproven technologies and “Don Quixote” resources.
Develop the Keystone oil pipeline, start drilling for oil and natural gas everywhere that is reasonable safe and practicable; and get to “Fracking”. Some day our world will run on solar and other renewable energy resources; but, until then, our economy will improve and your kids and their kids will thank you for not saddling them with even more debt.