Opinion: Time to Reset Bipartisan Energy Policy

Posted April 8, 2014 at 11:04am

Mack McLarty, White House chief of staff to President Bill Clinton and previously chairman of Arkla Gas; currently chairman of McLarty Associates and McLarty Companies, writes in the Dallas Morning News : “As someone with long experience in the energy business, including running a natural gas company in the pre-boom 1980s, I can remember a time when a debate about how to exercise America’s energy muscle on the world stage would have been unthinkable. Instead, we would have been worried about shortages and our energy vulnerability.”  

“That all changed with the surge in domestic production of oil and gas over the last decade. With the crisis in Ukraine, smart minds are now urging the United States to see energy as a new power tool of American foreign policy, a counterweight to resource-rich Russia and a key source of leverage for U.S. and allied interests around the globe.”  

“Finding ways to export the U.S. energy revolution is an important goal. But there is perhaps an even bigger prize if we can use the moment to launch a broad-based and bipartisan discussion about America’s energy priorities and policies for the next generation.”