Friday, August 26, 2005

Dan Walters on Energy Politics

Dan Walters breaks down the State's conundrum when trying to devise a sensible energy policy:

The state, however, lacks a coherent energy policy, largely because of the proliferation of governmental and political players who often work at cross-purposes without anyone being held accountable.

If that sounds familiar, it's because the same malady - checks-and-balances-run-amok - afflicts other issues as well, such as water, education, transportation and housing. The multiplicity of official policy-makers and unofficial "stakeholders" is a recipe for gridlock; everyone has a veto power and the policies that emerge, when they do, are often unworkable.

Read the whole thing!