U.S. energy policy must be forward-looking

I asked my German son-in-law how his brother's new home in Hamburg was coming along. He said that the government supports his use of all of the existing modern technologies of geothermal, solar and wind, high efficiency insulation, windows, and appliances to reduce energy costs. Thus, one of the most powerful economies in the world can seamlessly decide to close all nuclear plants within the decade without a ripple from their populace because they have been preparing for the future.

Our leaders look back to the 1970s for cheap gas as disincentives for innovation and risky technologies that have put off the inevitable exhaustion of non-renewable energy at the cost of spoiling our deep sea food supplies and fracking that the earth below our communities ("Road to energy independence goes through ANWR, Keystone," March 11). Surely, leadership can step up to look to the future instead of the past.

J.F. Urban, Linthicum

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