Energy is perhaps the most crucial innovation that humans have
developed in their history. Energy has influenced the modern world in multiple
ways. Energy has provided an effective platform for sustained
industrialization, hence the prevalence of beneficial socioeconomic outcomes,
including employment for people, improved livelihood, and trade/commerce. While
this is the case, the nature of energy policy in place is what determines these
benefits along with their extents. In this paper, which takes the form of a
personal statement, I am going to explain what the U.S. energy policy is, what
it is not, and what it should be.
Currently, the country’s energy policy is determined by various
agencies at local, state, and federal levels. The policy largely emphasizes
issues related to energy production, distribution, along with consumption. The
U.S. energy policy is comprised of legislation, global treaties, incentives and
subsidies to investment, taxation, and guideline for energy conservation. Since
the 1970s, the energy policy seeks to attain three key goals. These include
assuring a safe or secure energy supply, maintaining energy costs at low levels
such that the needs of an expanding economy are met sufficiently, and
protecting the ecology system while generating and producing and consuming
energy. While this is the case, the goals were updated by increasing their
scope. Today, the U.S. energy policy is defined within the liens of
conservation and energy efficiency, domestic supply of fossil fuels, oils and
gasoline prices, electricity generation, and the use of renewable energy.
I believe that there is a range of positives that can be
attributed to the American energy policy. For example, it is representative in
the notion that its formulation and amendment involves several distinct
stakeholders. Further, the Department of Energy performs the role of conducting
research that closely relates to nuclear weapons and, at the same time, it
manages the country’s nuclear stockpile. To accomplish this role, the
Department of Energy works hand in hand with the national laboratory network.
Also part of the research process is the Energy Information Administration,
which serves to collect, curate, and publish statistical data and analysis with
the aim being to support the DOE’s initiatives.
There is also the U.S. Geological Survey, which tends to assess
the natural resources in the U.S., hence creating and updating maps of coal,
shale, oil, and other natural resources. The involvement of different
stakeholders is critical to the authenticity of the energy policy. While this
is the case, I believe that the designing of the policy should also emphasize
the role of the members of the public more. The policymakers must understand
that the members of the public are the ones that interact with the energy
resources more closely than any other agency in the country. Therefore, to me,
the members of the community are well knowledgeable of what is working and what
is not. By seeking their input, I am led to believe that the U.S. energy policy
will be more representative and that its efficiency will be enhanced.
Despite the fact that the country’s energy policy has set in place
clear and concise provisions concerning how the nation is dedicated to fighting
the global climate change, the outcomes are wanting. From what I have seen on
television and read in news articles, it is undeniable that climate change is
rampant. Rather than being mitigated, the issue of global warming is reaching
almost unmanageable heights. Surprisingly, the U.S. is one of those countries
that emit the largest amount of carbon. According to my knowledge, the energy
policy of the country is comprehensive, but the mechanisms to ensure
accountability and commitment among the stakeholders lack to a large degree.
Therefore, going forward, I tend to think that all the
stakeholders should not stop at the energy policy formulation level. Instead,
they should be active in ensuring that every bit of the proposed regulation or
legislation is implemented. Nevertheless, I think that there should be a task
force to ensure that all the stakeholders fulfill their mandates to the latter.
The task force should be placed with a legal authority to impose punitive
measures for any stakeholder that fails to accomplish their responsibilities.
In this way, I believe that the U.S. energy policy will have a better and
effective effect on the global war on climate change.
To conclude, it is my ultimate desire that the U.S. energy policy
becomes the benchmark for the world. So far, immense strides are being made
towards such an outcome. The only obstacle is the lack of commitment and
accountability among several stakeholders. As I have shown in this personal
statement, it is critical to forming an authoritative task force to ensure that
the different stakeholders to the energy policy formulation and implementation
process are more dedicated to their responsibilities. However, they should not
wait to be pushed around so that a world-defining energy policy can be set in