Article | 2003

We Can Take Politics Out of Energy Policy

By Amory Lovins

This editorial describes the 2001 National Energy Policy Initiative, an effort by bipartisan energy policy experts to come to a consensus on the nation’s energy needs for security, prosperity, justice and environmental quality. The NEP Initiative’s suggestions were strong on market mechanisms and light on regulation. They rested on such common-sense principles as letting all technologies to produce or save energy compete fairly, regardless of their nature, size, or ownership; rewarding what we want, not the opposite; and preferring options that solve or avoid many problems at once without making new ones. The editorial calls for bipartisanship such as that shown by the NEP Initiative around energy policy in order to create lasting energy solutions.