The Need to Beat Our Oil Addiction

The gulf oil spill shows why we need the administration and Congress to pass comprehensive energy and climate legislation that breaks our oil dependence, write John Podesta and Joseph Romm in Politico.

The unfolding ecological disaster on the Gulf Coast reveals the stark contrast in the energy choices that the Senate—and the nation—are due to make in coming months.

Do we embrace the Senate energy and climate bill, to be debated this summer, which puts a penalty on pollution and propels the transition to the clean, safe energy of the 21st century?

Or do we let the forces of obstruction—led by Big Oil and special-interest polluters—win, ensuring America’s continued addiction to the dirty, unsafe energy of the 19th century?

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Joseph Romm

Senior Fellow