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Governor Huntsman says he'd like the Western Governors Association to take the lead in drawing up a national energy policy. Why not! No one else is getting the job done.

The President is a lame duck and doesn't have the political clout to forge forward. As expected, his would-be successors tend to engage more in campaign rhetoric than in offering substantive solutions.

While some in Congress have put forth good ideas, the body is hopelessly bogged down in partisan bickering and perpetual posturing for the next election.

Meantime, the price of gasoline keeps going up as the natural resource-rich United States of America continues to rely on foreign oil from hostile sources.

Should offshore drilling be allowed? What about oil shale and tar sands? How, and to what extent should new technologies be encouraged? What role should conservation play?

Beyond oil, what of other energy concerns, especially as climates change and unforeseen challenges emerge? Is coal as viable as ever or should the nation be turning more to nuclear power? What of the alternatives: wind, solar, and geo-thermal?

KSL trusts American ingenuity and has confidence the nation's energy crisis can be resolved. What's lacking is leadership with the courage and capacity to unleash market-driven solutions.

Why not let the western governors give it try. Perhaps something substantive will emerge.

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